Published January 16, 2013 - 8:20am
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Welcome to 2013, where South Carolina wide receiver and punt returner Ace Sanders announced he’ll be returning to South Carolina via Instagram a week ago only to re-announce he’ll be leaving via Twitter by former teammate Stephon Gilmore.
— Stephon Gilmore (@BumpNrunGilm0re) January 16, 2013
Sanders is only 5-8, 175 pounds, and he’s coming off his most productive season yet for the Gamecocks. He was such a weapon at receiver and on special teams.
Sanders caught a team-high 45 catches for 531 yards and nine touchdowns this season, but, perhaps, his biggest impact was felt returning punts. He returned 28 punts for 429 yards and two touchdowns, setting a Carolina single-season record for return yards.
We’ll all remember when Sanders electrified the Carolina night with his punt return touchdown against Georgia to make it 21-0, putting the game away in the first quarter.
Sanders should make an impact on special teams at the next level, but his ability to play as a physical receiver and create separation against NFL corners is in question.
Updated Underclassmen Going To NFL:
- Alvin Bailey, OL, Arkansas
- Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
- Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
- Matt Elam, S, Florida
- Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
- DJ Fluker, OL, Alabama
- Michael Ford, RB, LSU
- Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia
- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
- Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida
- Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M
- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
- Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
- Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
- Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
- Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
- Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
- Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
- Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
- Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
- Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
- Eric Reid, S, LSU
- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
- Ace Sanders, WR/ST, South Carolina
- Darrington Sentimore, DT, Tennessee
- Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
- Spencer Ware, RB, LSU
- Brad Wing, P, LSU
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