South Carolina Football’s GOAT Series: Top-15 Greatest Wide Receivers of All-Time

A ranking of the top-15 wide receivers in the history of South Carolina football

South Carolina football star Deebo Samuel was electric with the ball in his hands, whether as a receiver, ball carrier, or returner. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina football star Deebo Samuel was electric with the ball in his hands, whether as a receiver, ball carrier, or returner. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /
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South Carolina football beat undefeated Missouri largely behind the efforts of wide receiver Bruce Ellington. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

South Carolina Football’s No. 15 Wide Receiver of All-Time:
Bruce Ellington

Bruce Ellington (2011-2013) was a basketball player. Seriously. He came to South Carolina on a basketball scholarship but was wooed by Steve Spurrier to join the football team after a year on campus. When he first played, Ellington was deep in the receiver rotation behind Alshon Jeffery, Ace Sanders, and Damiere Byrd, so he was deployed often as a wildcat quarterback.

It didn’t take long for Bruuuuuuuccccceeeeee to become a regular cry in Williams-Brice Stadium as Ellington became a very productive receiver his final two seasons, including 16 total scores in 2012 and 2013. He ran crisp routes and possessed great hands, traits that saw him picked in the NFL Draft’s fourth round.