South Carolina Football: Gamecocks put three on coaches All-SEC team

South Carolina football tight end Trey Knox. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina football tight end Trey Knox. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

South Carolina football put two players on the AP All-SEC team earlier this week as wide receiver Xavier Legette made the 2nd-team (both as a wide receiver and as an all-purpose performer) and linebacker Debo Williams also made the 2nd-team.

On Tuesday, the Gamecocks put three players on the SEC coaches’ All-SEC squad.

According to the SEC coaches, the South Carolina football team’s three All-SEC performers were long snapper Hunter Rogers (1st-team), wide receiver Xavier Legette (2nd-team), and tight end Trey Knox (2nd-team).

Rogers was an All-SEC selection last season and was a preseason choice for the team prior to 2023, so his inclusion doesn’t come as a massive surprise.

Legette is one of the best wide receivers in South Carolina football history, but his late-career emergence made his 2023 All-SEC inclusion the first of his career. Many Gamecock fans are surprised by #17 being on the 2nd-team rather than the 1st-team, but the SEC had 4 of the top-10 receivers in all of college football this season. The top-3 (Legette, Malik Nabers, and Luther Burden) were all top-5 performers.

Knox played hurt most of the season but still put together a nice year in his only season in garnet and black. He split time with another good tight end Josh Simon (who just announced a return to the Gamecocks in 2024), but he was 2nd on the team in receiving yards thanks to a knack for finding open space in soft coverages.

All three players are NFL-eligible, and both Legette and Knox are out of collegiate eligibility and will be pursuing a professional career. Legette has been projected as high as a 1st-round pick and will be taken somewhere in the NFL Draft’s top-3 rounds. Knox could be a late selection or an undrafted free agent pickup. Rogers’ future has not yet been announced, but he does have another year of eligibility remaining if he does not pursue a professional career.

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