Meet Bryce Sherman, the Next Brandon James

Tim PollockSenior Writer IAugust 12, 2009

The list of names continues to grow. 

Undersized speedsters—many of whom have track backgrounds—terrorizing SEC defenses.

Leading the list are LSU’s Trindon Holliday, Florida’s Brandon James and Jeff Demps, Arkansas’ Reggie Fish, Ole Miss’s Dexter McCluster, and even Kentucky’s Derrick Locke.

And it looks like South Carolina may have nabbed the next diminutive lighting-in-a-bottle, all-purpose player in Bryce Sherman, a 5'5", 155-pound walk-on who has stolen the show during practices.

Considered the top-ranked sprinter in North Carolina in 2007, Sherman was the state champion in the 100 and 200 meters and the state’s MVP and Runner of the Year. With those lofty accolades, he decided to run track for the Gamecocks in 2008.

A year later, his passion for football took over, so he decided to walk-on for the Head Ball Coach.

But make no mistake, this is not just a fast kid deciding to try football on a whim.

Not only did Sherman rack up over 1,600 yards, 19 TDs, and a boatload of punt and kickoff returns while playing for Carver High in Winston-Salem, NC—the same school that produced current Gamecock Alonzo Winfield—he also turned down an opportunity to play for Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson, after Johnson got a look at the kid’s YouTube highlights.

In Sherman’s words: "I want to play football. That's my sport…And I thank God for coach (Spurrier) and his staff, for giving me a chance to come out here."

After a week of practice, the staff would like to thank Sherman as well, as the little guy has caught the attention of coaches and especially Gamecock fans, who have been deprived of big plays far too long.

Right now it’s simply finding a spot (or several spots) for the man teammates call “The Sherminator.” After starting camp as a wide receiver, Sherman is now getting looks from the backfield and is working as a return man as well.

As assistant coach Shane Beamer says, "With that speed, you'd be crazy not to try to get him on the field somehow."

Whether or not the smallest guy on the team becomes the biggest story is obviously still to be determined. But it will sure be fun watching him try.