South Carolina WR Ace Sanders
Alshon Jeffery didn't exactly have his best season in 2011. As a junior, he hauled in 49 passes for 762 yards.
Not bad, but it was roughly half the production that Jeffery enjoyed as a sophomore in 2010.
It was good enough for Jeffery, though. He'll be playing on Sundays in 2012 while South Carolina is left looking for a replacement.
That search isn't exactly going well. Coach Steve Spurrier had some harsh words for his offense following Saturday's scrimmage:
How many total passing yards with South Carolina quarterbacks have in 2012?
"Connor (Shaw) must have had four sacks today in 10 passes.
"He's got to throw the ball somewhere and get it out of his hands a little quicker. The other quarterbacks were not real accurate at times, but we hit a few here and there.
"The receivers ran pretty good routes but had a couple drops. It was not all that encouraging as it could have been. The defense did some good things."
Ace Sanders caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Clifford for his only reception of the scrimmage. Those 30 yards led all Gamecock receivers.
The emergence of Connor Shaw as a legitimate dual-threat quarterback has made the search for the next receiving stud in Columbia a little less important, but someone still has to step up. There are certainly options.
Sanders has the experience, but at 5'7", 175 lbs, he's better suited to playing a hybrid running back/wide receiver role.
K.J. Brent, a 6'3", 185-pound redshirt freshman, shined in the first scrimmage of the spring with a 34-yard touchdown catch. Bruce Ellington has returned to the program after quitting last month to focus on basketball.
The 6-foot-5-inch D.L. Moore certainly has the stature to replace Jeffery; and he, Sanders, Shaq Roland and DeAngelo Smith will likely see playing time early in 2012.
Being one-dimensional in the SEC can get you beat in a hurry. It's a work in progress, and there's no need to worry just yet.
Someone has to step up to be the No. 1 target for quarterback Connor Shaw though, because South Carolina isn't going to be successful without a passing game to compliment Shaw and running back Marcus Lattimore.