Ellington becoming a jack-of-all-trades
COLUMBIA -- Bruce Ellington is officially a two-sport star at South Carolina. The former Berkeley High standout has been named the SEC's athlete of the week in two different sports in the same calendar year.
Ellington earned conference freshman of the week honors in January after leading the Gamecocks basketball team to an overtime win over Vanderbilt. He had 22 points against the Commodores. On Monday, he was named co-freshman of the week after helping to lead the football team to a 14-12 win over Mississippi State.
The 5-9, 200-pound freshman caught four passes for 32 yards, was used in the wildcat formation where he rushed four times for 25 yards and completed 2 of 3 passes for 24 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 17 yards. On the game-winning drive in the final minutes, Ellington returned the kickoff 17 yards, rushed twice out of the wildcat for 14 yards, completed a pass for eight more and caught a pass for eight yards.
"I'm just going out there and playing," Ellington said. "Coach (Steve Spurrier) told me to go out there and have fun and if my role is increasing, I'm just going to go out there and have fun."
For the season, Ellington has rushed 11 times for 91 yards, completed 2 of 3 passes for 24 yards, caught 12 passes for 129 yards and returned 11 kickoffs for 244 yards. Ellington is second on the team with 644 all-purpose yards.
Swearinger earns SEC award
Safety D.J. Swearinger was named co-SEC defensive player of the week Swearinger, a 5-10, 210-pound junior free safety from Greenwood, recorded a career-high 12 tackles (five solo and seven assisted) against the Bulldogs.
He also sealed the victory when he intercepted a pass at the USC 12-yard line with just 1:45 remaining in the contest.
The Gamecocks' defense limited the Bulldogs to 296 yards of total offense, 131 yards on the ground and 165 through the air.
Swearinger is second on the team in tackles with 42 total stops to go along with two interceptions and three passes broken up.
Tennessee kickoff announced
South Carolina will take on Tennessee at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Neyland Stadium. The Gamecocks beat Tennessee, 38-24, last season at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on either ESPN or ESPN2. That selection will be made after the completion of games this weekend. The 14th-ranked Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1 SEC) have an open date this weekend.
The last time the Gamecocks beat Tennessee at Neyland Stadium was in 2005 when Josh Brown kicked a 49-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the game for a 16-15 victory. It was the Gamecocks' first win over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in the program's history. The Gamecocks are just 1-14 in Knoxville.