COLUMBIA -- Two of South Carolina's most important players broke bones in Saturday's 34-13 win over Clemson, but should be fine for the Gamecocks' bowl game, the school said Monday.
Junior wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had surgery on his left hand Monday to repair a broken bone. He returned to the game after sustaining the injury and caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. He will begin rehab next week and will be re-evaluated "in the next couple of weeks," according to USC.
Senior right guard Terrence Campbell, who started every game this season, suffered a bone fracture in his leg (fibula) on the final play of the first half. Like Jeffery, he is currently listed as probable for the bowl game. USC will learn its bowl destination Sunday.
Jeffery finished the regular season with 45 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns.
Opponents often played zone coverage to take him out of games, quarterback Connor Shaw is still developing as a pocket passer and USC's pass protection was inconsistent this season. So Jeffery's numbers didn't approach last season's: 88 catches, 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns.
Jeffery already has USC's career receiving yards record (2,894). He needs one touchdown in the bowl to tie Sidney Rice's record for career touchdowns (23). He is No. 2 in catches (179), but won't reach Kenny McKinley's 207. If he gets 100 receiving yards in the bowl -- something he hasn't done all year -- he will break Rice's record for 11 career 100-yard receiving games.