South Carolina’s passing attack was dealt a serious blow this week when coach Will Muschamp announced to the media that transfer WR Jalen Brooks eligibility waiver was denied. Muschamp said the Gamecocks would appeal the decision.

In the mean time, Brooks has weighed in via Twitter about the news.

“Not going down without a fight,” he wrote on Twitter.

If this stands and the appeal is not granted, Brooks, who transferred this summer from Wingate via Tarleton State, won’t be permitted to play his third season of college football until 2021.

At Wingate, Brooks earned First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honors after he caught 35 passes for 751 yards and six touchdowns.

He currently has three years to play two seasons for the Gamecocks.

Brooks has been a top 3 receiver for the Gamecocks this preseason as he has exceeded coaches expectations. South Carolina will now turn to the likes of Shi Smith, Xavier Legette and Dakereon Joyner, and then a trio of freshmen contributors in Luke Doty, Rico Powers and Ger-Cari Caldwell.

When uschamp announced Brooks’ arrival, he said Brooks is a big, physical guy who runs well and learns extremely well.

“So in the very short time, he’s made a very favorable impression on our staff,” Muschamp said.

South Carolina plays host to Tennessee on Saturday night on SEC Network at 7:30.