Gamecocks' receiving yardage record falls

South Carolina freshman tailback Brandon Wilds takes a handoff from quarterback Connor Shaw in Saturday's game. Wilds rushed 120 yards in the win over Florida.

COLUMBIA — Alshon Jeffery became South Carolina’s all-time receiving leader in yardage in the first half of Saturday’s win against Florida.


Jeffery caught a pair of passes for 17 yards to surpass Kenny McKinley’s mark of 2,781 yards. Jeffery didn’t catch any more passes in the game, but he now has 2,784 receiving yards for his career.

The junior receiver is second all-time in receptions (170) and touchdown catches (20).

“It’s just a normal day for me,” Jeffery said of breaking McKinley’s mark. “It’s something my teammates helped me accomplish.”


RUNNNING WILDS: Freshman tailback Brandon Wilds eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second time in three starts Saturday.

Wilds replaced star running back Marcus Lattimore, who went down with an injury against Mississippi State and is out for the season. In his first collegiate start, Wilds tallied 137 yards against Tennessee.

Against Florida, Wilds racked up 120 yards on 29 carries. He picked up tough yardage on the Gamecocks’ final possession, including a run for a first down, as South Carolina was able to chew up some clock late in the game.


WILSON HONORED: Former Williston-Elko player Dalton Wilson was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Four team last week.

Wilson, a junior fullback for the Gamecocks, is a finance and business economics major.

Wilson has played in all 10 South Carolina games this year, but he has not recorded a carry or catch.

Instead, he is the lead blocker for the Gamecocks’ rushing attack.

He also sees action on special teams, and Wilson is credited with two tackles this year.

RUSTY KICKER: Place-kicker Jay Wooten attempted his first field goal in more than a month Saturday. Not surprisingly, he missed the 40-yard attempt early in the second quarter.

Wooten had not attempted a field goal since the Kentucky game on Oct. 8. He redeemed the earlier miss by making a 28-yard effort in the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks were the only team in the country to not have a field goal attempt from less than 40 yards this season.

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