Jeffery has big day

Junior receiver Alshon Jeffery finally takes a step back in the right direction towards his performance last season.

Jeffery's performance against The Citadel was not at the same level as his big games last year, but it is the closest he's been all season. Head coach Steve Spurrier said they've been trying to get some balls to Jeffery, but just haven't been successful in executing it well.

"Finally, Connor (Shaw) knocked one out nicely," said Spurrier.

The second play of the game, sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw hit Jeffery on a 22-yard pass that led a touchdown drive. Shaw said he completes passes to Jeffery in practice all the time so it usually comes as no surprise when it happens in a game.

"We see it in practice a lot," said Shaw. "He makes other guys look silly out there."

However, Jeffery did manage to surprise Shaw in the fourth quarter when he caught a 32-yard touchdown pass with one hand.

"I was in aw for a little while and went down there and congratulated him," said Shaw.

Despite Jeffery's performance against The Citadel and in practice, the Gamecocks' passing game has struggled this season, which many thought made Jeffery frustrated. Shaw disagreed.

"He puts the team in front of him," said Shaw. "He plays receiver to catch the ball, but he hasn't been frustrated."

Jeffery said, "I'm happy as long as we win. I'm happy anybody scored.

Jeffery's performance was a big help in the win against The Citadel. Spurrier said the game was a tough battle, but they were happy to have won it.

"Might have been the best offensive game since I've been here," said Spurrier.

Jeffery moved to ninth place on the all-time SEC career receiving yards list with his five catches for 81 yards putting him at 2,865 total in his career. He is now tied for second on the consecutive games with a reception list with his 34th straight game with a catch.

He said rankings and statistics don't matter when preparing for a game.

"We've just got to take care of business," said Jeffery. "Whatever the coach says, you've got to execute."

He also said he looks forward to playing Clemson next week, even if they are higher in the rankings than South Carolina right now.

"Any given team can be beaten on any given day. Last year Alabama was ranked number 1 in the country, but that day we were better."

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