Ellington getting more comfortable

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier made a quarterback change this week hoping to spice up South Carolina's offense, but the Gamecocks' newest receiver Bruce Ellington said it's not just the quarterback who needs to improve to make the offense work.

"We all as receivers need to step up and make plays, the O-line's got to block, and Connor's got to come in and do what he needs to do," Ellington says.

Ellington, considered a sophomore, was the Gamecock basketball team's leading scorer last year, but said the transition between sports been smooth.

"Now I'm getting really used to playing football again after not playing for two years," Ellington says. "I didn't play receiver since my freshmen year so I had to get used to catching the ball and stuff like that again."

Ellington has been the Gamecocks primary kickoff returner and despite the struggles at quarterback has started to show signs of getting more comfortable in the offense.

While his primary role within the offense the first few weeks of the season was as the trigger-man for the Gamecocks' Wildcat formation, Ellington showed signs of stepping up his role as a receiver when he caught a career-high three passes for 60 yards against Auburn.

Still, Ellington has just five grabs in five games despite being another potential gamebreaker in an offense that has struggled.

Spurrier hopes the change at quarterback from fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia to sophomore Connor Shaw will help spark an offense that has struggled to stay on the field and struggled to get its playmakers involved.

"We're making some changes on offense. We're going to give Connor Shaw his chance to replace Stephen," Spurrier said Tuesday. "I know our offense looks pretty sorry. We're obviously not peaking as well as we'd hoped, but again we feel like Connor deserves a shot to see if he can perform at a higher level and get our offense going a little bit."

Ellington said both quarterbacks are great and the team supports them both. He claims Garcia just had a bad stretch and has an idea on what the offense needs to do to have a better game this week.

"We just got to move the ball and not worry about the last plays. Just stay focused and keep moving the ball down the field," he said.

Spurrier said he doesn't think Shaw has to try and win the game for South Carolina he just wants him to work within the offense and distribute the ball.

"We hope that the ball will get out quicker and that (Connor) has somewhere to throw it. It appears the last few games there's nowhere to throw it a lot of times. We'll see if we can do a better job as coaches of having somewhere to get the ball out."

Ellington agrees with Spurrier's decision to make Shaw the starting quarterback.

"It's going to be a great move because he is doing well at practice and you practice like you play," said Ellington.

Ellington hopes the whole team improves this week and says he has no regrets about his decision to also play football.

"It's actually exciting. It's a lot more exciting than basketball because you've got a lot more fans out there. Just to hear them, you know, chant out your name. When they do the ‘Bruuuce' I just love that," Ellington said, referring to the chant the fans do when he makes a play.

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