Former Gamecocks WR Bruce Ellington dazzles for 49ers in NFL preseason debut

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Bruce Ellington practices during NFL football mini-camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick was impressed enough with Bruce Ellington in mini-camp work to gush, "Bruce has been amazing out there."

The fourth-round draft pick from South Carolina kept turning heads Thursday night in his NFL preseason debut, San Francisco's 23-3 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore. Ellington caught three passes for a team-high 35 yards, capitalizing each time he was targeted.

The Berkeley High School graduate also averaged 31 yards on two kickoff returns.

He muffed a punt in the third quarter but recovered the ball.

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