South Carolina Football 2011: Alshon Jeffery and the S. Carolina Receivers

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IMay 18, 2011

South Carolina Football 2011: Alshon Jeffery and the S. Carolina Receivers

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes during a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    South Carolina fans, you have something to celebrate with this wide receiver group. 

    While Alshon Jeffery is certainly the best of the bunch, and potentially the best in the country, there are other receivers in this group that can contribute greatly. 

    Every player has something they can offer the program, and there is some great talent ready to replace Alshon when he leaves for the NFL. 

    Hopefully, the group can live up to it's lofty potential. 

    For more information about South Carolina's roster, visit:

    2011 Post-Spring Depth Chart

    Running Back Analysis

    Quarterback Analysis

Alshon Jeffery

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks smiles after winning a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gamecocks beat the Gators 36-14.  (Photo
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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 233

    Year: Junior

    Pros: Hands, leaping ability, toughness, spectacular catch, run after the catch, catching in traffic

    Cons: Doesn't have breakaway speed, but is plenty fast.

    Just like the running back slide show, we have a legitimate star to open with. 

    Alshon Jeffery is one of the best receivers to ever play for South Carolina, which actually has a fairly deep history of solid receivers. 

    He is built like a tight end, but has receiver skills.  He is a mismatch for most corners, and tough enough to handle the safeties in the middle. 

    If the quarterback can get the ball anywhere near  him, nine times out of ten, he will come down with the ball. 

    A darkhorse Heisman candidate, and top three NCAA receiver, Alshon will catch his fair share of balls.

Jason Barnes

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    TUSCALOOSA - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Jason Barnes #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks hauls in a pass and runs upfield during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on October 17, 2009.  The Crimson Tide
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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 213

    Year: Senior

    Pros: Solid hands, blocking ability, great attitude

    Cons: Not an explosive player, little production for a senior

    The second of three Gamecock starters, Barnes is the "old man" of the group.  As a red-shirt senior starter, you would assume Barnes would have at least decent numbers. 

    He doesn't.  However, no matter how little action Barnes has seen over the years, he has been a contributor, and a positive locker room voice. 

    He finally gets another chance to start, and he has the skills to be a very good Tori Gurley replacement.  He catches the ball well, and he definitely fits the mold of a possession receiver. 

    Don't expect many big plays from Barnes, but expect solid chain-moving contributions. 

D.L. Moore

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    COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30:  D.L. Moore #82 of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 212

    Year: Junior

    Pros: Very quick, good after the catch, great size and body positioning

    Cons: Experience, route running

    D.L. Moore is like a mini Alshon Jeffery.  He uses his body to make grabs, and seems to work the sidelines well. 

    However, he doesn't have great experience as a starter, and it will be interesting to see if he actually starts the season as the slot receiver starter with some much faster targets available. 

    He is capable of being a starter and producing big plays. 

DeAngelo Smith

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    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 191

    Year: Sophomore

    Pros: Quick, athletic, catching in traffic

    Cons: Injured almost all of 2010, limited game experience

    The spring game offensive player for 2011, Smith showed an explosive and amazing ability to go up and catch the football. 

    He scored three touchdowns of varying degrees of awesomeness during the garnet and black game.

    He is listed as the primary backup to Alshon Jeffery... but if his stellar performance carries over to the fall practices, look for him to push for one of the starting spots.  

Ace Sanders

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Ace Sanders #9 of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Height: 5'7"

    Weight: 173

    Year: Sophomore

    Pros: Speed, speed, and speed, quickness, agility

    Cons: Vision, route running, ability to catch in traffic, size

    A player who showed flashes of absolute brilliance last year, then seemed to disappear, a great deal is expected out of Ace Sanders for his sophomore campaign. 

    One of the fastest players on a very fast wide receiver group, Sanders will be needed to truly stretch the field. 

    An excellent runner, the ball needs to be in his hands. 

Nick Jones

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    Height: 5'8"

    Weight: 189

    Year: Redshirt Freshman

    Pros: Speed, Agility, Toughness

    Cons: Lack of experience

    Not much is known about the collegiate potential of Nick Jones, but the cieling is high. 

    Very similar to Ace Sanders, Jones is a burner, and is a fluid wide receiver.  He was a critical member of Marcus Lattimore's Byrnes team, and should contribute this year. 

Lamar Scruggs

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 226

    Year: Sophomore

    Pros: Speed, size

    Cons: Concentration, hands, lack of consistency 

    A 4-star recruit coming out of high school, Scruggs was supposed to be one of South Carolina's next big targets. 

    A great mix of speed and size, he has the build to be a great receiver.  However, in 12 games last year he only caught three passes.

    They went for almost 18 yards each, so the big play potential is definitely there.  If he works on getting himself open, he could be a big time player in the offense. 

Bryce Sherman

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Bryce Sherman #22 of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Florida State Seminoles during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Height: 5'4"

    Weight: 157

    Year: Junior

    Pros: Running ability, speed, agility, toughness

    Cons: Size, no way he can go across the middle constantly without getting hurt

    A fan favorite, Bryce "Sherminator" Sherman makes the switch from running back to wide receiver, and he has earned himself a spot on the roster for post spring. 

    He has decent hands, which will neither be a strength or a weakness, but the coaches will try to utilze his blazing speed and running ability. 

    He is a definite target for reverses or wide receiver screens. 

Damiere Byrd

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    Height: 5'9"

    Weight: 165

    Year: Incoming Freshman

    Pros: ELITE speed, agilty, quickness

    Cons: Raw as a wide receiver

    A four star recruit, Damiere Byrd is a track star who had some great years in football utilizing his speed. 

    His speed will still be elite at the next level, but his hands and technique will need work to be a star, which is his goal.

    He could be redshirted, and probably should be, but his insane speed may be too much for coach Spurrier to keep off the field.

Shamier Jeffery

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 195

    Year: Incoming freshman

    Pros: Athleticism, vision, agility, good pedigree (Alshon's brother)

    Cons: Not actually a wide receiver in HS, may take time to learn the position

    Shamier Jeffery is an interesting prospect.  He is an excellent physical speciman and has his brother to show him the ropes. 

    Having a brother like Alshon Jeffery (who is one of the hardest workers on the team) can do nothing but positives.

    He was a quarterback in high school, and a good one at that.  However, he is making the switch to take advantage of his size and athleticism. 

    He may also redshirt. 

Overall: B+

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    This group is very deep, but a great deal of it is reliant on potential.  If even one of these players steps up and produces, this group could easily be an A+.