Top Ten Alshon moments

South Carolina junior Alshon Jeffery won't be at USC for a senior season. But Jeffery gave Gamecock fans many great moments before leaving. Look inside for the top ten Alshon moments, and tell us yours as well.

10. Signing Day Swap

Feb. 4, 2009 - The senior at Calhoun County HS had been committed to Southern Cal since the summer. But Jeffery took late official visits to Tennessee and South carolina. Jeffery stayed up late on the night before his announcement talking to coaches on the phone as then-Tennessee head coach Lane kiffin made the now-infamous 'gas pumping' comment. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier personally broke down film with Jeffery of how he would be used in the South Carolina offense during his official visit and Jeffery ultimately swapped to the Gamecocks on signing day removing a Southern Cal flag to put a black SC hat on. (Relive the moment Alshon picked the Gamecocks: )


9. Big night on the Plains

Sept. 25, 2010 - It wasn't the final score South Carolina fans hoped for as South Carolina fell to the eventual national champion Auburn Tigers 35-27. But Jeffery was spectacular with eight catches for a career-high 192 yards. The yardage mark was the fourth-best receiving game in Carolina history.


8. Nine in Nashville

Oct. 23, 2010 - While Tori Gurley had a career-high 13 catches in the game, Alshon had 158 yards and a career-high-of-his-own nine catches (he would tie that mark in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against FSU too). But it was Jeffery's 72-yarder as Stephen Garcia rolled to his right and hit Jeffery on the run down the sideline midway through the fourth quarter that was memorable for fans and lands the night on this list.


7. Over the middle against the Commodores

Oct. 24, 2009 -The unthinkable nearly happened. Down 10-7 in the fourth quarter, South Carolina was 13 minutes away from losing to Vanderbilt for the third straight time. But Garcia found Jeffery over the middle on third and long as he strolled into the end zone for a 43-yard touchdown and South Carolina victory.

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6. Welcome to the big show

Oct. 24, 2009 -It will forever be known as Alshon's coming out party. Facing a game Kentucky team at home, it was the freshman Jeffery's three touchdowns that were the difference in the game. Not only did Jeffery catch seven passes for 138 yards but it was the way he made several twisting grabs in traffic look extremely easy that sent the message to the SEC that the freshman was ready to be a star.

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5. Can't hold him down all game

Oct. 30, 2010 - A Tennessee team desperately seeking its first SEC victory gave South Carolina everything it wanted and more on a beautiful afternoon in Williams-Brice Stadium. With the game tied at 24 in the fourth quarter, Tennessee had held Jeffery to just 17 yards on two catches. That's when Jeffery settled in the middle of the Vols' zone defense and caught a seemingly routine pass -- Jeffery wasn't done yet though as he made a couple of defenders miss then out-ran the entire defense to the end zone. South Carolina added another TD later for the 38-24 victory.


4. Game-winner in Starkville

Oct. 15, 2011 - It wasn't his best game overall. And the South Carolina offense struggled for much of the day in quarterback Connor Shaw's first career road start. But trailing 10-7, facing a third down at the MSU four-yard-line late in the game and Marcus Lattimore out with an injury, Shaw went to the Gamecocks best weapon. He lofted a fade pass towards Jeffery who stopped, leaped straight up and snatched the ball out of the air for the game-winner.


3. Clemson X3

Nov. 2009-11 - Alshon Jeffery likes beating Clemson. Jeffery finished his career with 11 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns in his three games against the Tigers. Jeffery's teams went 3-0 and outscored Clemson 97-27 in those three victories. While Jeffery's five grabs for 141 yards and a touchdown in his lone trip to Death Valley was his biggest overall day, his 18-yard TD grab broken hand and all to cap off this season's win may be the most memorable as his last catch in Williams-Brice Stadium.


2. A half to remember

Jan. 2, 2012 - Jeffery didn't have the final season in Columbia he envisioned. But for one half in Orlando, things were back to normal. Despite having surgery on a broken hand just weeks earlier, Jeffery had four catches for 148 yards. His 78-yard catch was only overshadowed by the 51-yard Hail Mary grab as time in the first half expired. Jeffery out-jumped several Nebraska defenders at the three and then dove into the end zone to put the Gamecocks on top. Jeffery took home the MVP award despite being ejected in the third quarter for mixing it up with Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.


1. THE catch

Oct. 9, 2010 - There were plenty of impressive plays in the conversation. But none, in my opinion, were better than this one. In what will go down as one of the best days in South Carolina football history, the Gamecocks knocked off then-No. 1 Alabama with the ESPN Gameday crew on campus. Jeffery already had two touchdowns on the day and he finished with seven catches for 127 yards but it was one play that was most memorable. With 8:34 to go in the game and South Carolina holding on to a 28-21 lead and around midfield, Garcia lofted a short fade pass towards Jeffery. With cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick draped all over him, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban mere feet away on the sideline, Jeffery used the only hand he could raise to snare the pass and cradle it against his shoulder. Jeffery then spun to break free from the defender and raced down the sideline before getting pushed out inside the 10-yard-line. Minutes later, Marcus Lattimore scored to put away the game on what was a near-perfect day for Gamecock fans.


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