3-Days and Counting: Wide Receivers

The anticipation continues to build-up, and there are now only three days that stand between the Gamecocks and Williams-Brice Stadium. Senior wide receiver Nick Jones marks No. 3 on our 'Countdown to Kick-Off'. Check out Jones and the other wide receivers on the depth chart.

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The Moore, S.C.-native played in all 13-games, making six starts last season. He was fourth on the team with 27 receptions for 281 yards with five touchdowns.

Jones came on the scene out of high school as the nation’s 91st-best wide receiver by Scout.com and was a key player on the James Byrnes High School team in Duncan, S.C. After graduating, he redshirted his first season to Carolina.

2011 gave the Palmetto State-gem playing time in 10 of 13 games. He caught a dozen passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, averaging 11.9 yards per catch.

The 2012 year posed as a successful year for Jones. He played in 12 games, earning three starts.

2014 will bring new challenges and success for the fifth year senior as he stands at the top of the depth chart in the wide receiver position.

4. Shaq Roland
1. Damiere Byrd
8. Shamier Jeffery
14. Shaq Davidson

11. Pharoh Cooper
80. K.J. Brent
9. Deebo Samuel

3. Nick Jones
83. Carlton Heard
85. Kane Whitehurst
19. Terry Googer

Fellow wide receiver Pharoh Cooper is slated at the top of the chain, as well. The sophomore versatile athlete has become a jack-of-all-trades.

Not only is Havelock, N.C.-native Cooper noted at the wide receiver position, he’s listed with special teams also.

Standing 5-foot-11, 201 pounds, Cooper is listed at the kickoff returner (KR) and punt returner (PR) positions. Last season, the true freshman saw action in the Wildcat formation.

“Pharoh’s a good ball player, as we know,” noted head coach Steve Spurrier.

“At the end of last year he ran a little Wildcat, and obviously we want to use him a lot, but we don’t want to run him in the ground. After you use him in Wildcat, one or two times everybody knows, well he’s going in there.”

Juggling so many different positions as a player, it’s easy to get run-down physically. However, the Old Ball Coach stated there’s no questioning Coopers hard-work ethic and athletic abilities on the field.

“He’s a young man who’s in really good shape. He doesn’t seem to tire too much,” said Spurrier.

“He’s been a good player, there’s no question about that.”

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