COLUMBIA — If Pharoh Cooper and Skai Moore have indeed played their final games at South Carolina, the juniors will go out as two of the best in the SEC.
Cooper and Moore were both honored Tuesday with places on the All-SEC teams, as chosen by the league’s coaches. Cooper was named first-team at both wide receiver and all-purpose, while Moore was named second-team at linebacker.
Cooper will turn pro a year early, according to his parents. Although Moore has not yet announced whether he’ll return to USC for his senior season, indications are that he’s strongly considering a jump to the NFL.
Moore led USC in tackles for the third season in a row, totaling 111 stops, the most by any Gamecocks player since Jonathan Martin had 122 in 2002. He also led USC with four interceptions, and his 11 career picks are three behind the South Carolina career record of 14 set by Bo Davies from 1969-71.
Cooper led USC in receiving with 973 yards and eight touchdowns, and finished second in the SEC in receiving yards behind Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss. He also rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, passed for another score, and finished with a team-leading 1,139 all-purpose yards.
SEC champion Alabama led the way with 10 selections, seven of those on the first team.