Yesterday, we took a look at the best Gamecocks to wear single-digit jerseys during Steve Spurrier's time in Columbia. Today, we continue our series by remembering those who have done the most while wearing the numbers 10-19.
#10 Ko Simpson
Simpson made a name for himself early in his Gamecock career, returning an interception 57 yards for a touchdown in just his second collegiate game. He intercepted six passes and was named SEC Freshman in the Year in 2004 and was a consensus All-SEC player in his sophomore season, when he led the team in tackles.
Runner-up: Skai Moore
#11 Kenny McKinley
One of the most decorated receivers in school history, McKinley caught more passes than any other Gamecock. He set a school record with a reception in 43 consecutive games and broke Sterling Sharpe’s record for career receiving yards. As a junior, McKinley led the SEC in receptions and receiving yards per game.
Runner-up: Pharoh Cooper
#12 Blake Mitchell
Mitchell finished his Gamecock career as the most accurate passer in school history, completing 60.7% of his passes. He became the first Gamecock quarterback to ever beat Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Clemson in a career. Mitchell led South Carolina to its first bowl win in five years, beating Houston in the Liberty Bowl.
Runner-up: Brison Williams
#13 Syvelle Newton
One of only four players in NCAA history with more than 600 yards passing, rushing, and receiving in his career, Newton played four different positions during his time in Columbia. As a junior against Vanderbilt, Newton rushed 15 times for 80 yards and a touchdown, threw two touchdown passes, and caught a pass.
Runner-up: Tyler Hull
#14 Connor Shaw
Shaw is the winningest quarterback in school history, going 27-5 in his career as a starter. The Gamecocks never lost a home game with Shaw as the starter. During his career, Shaw broke Blake Mitchell’s career completion percentage record. He was a finalist for the Unitas Award during his senior year, when he threw 24 touchdowns.
Runner-up: Ryan Succop
#15 Jimmy Legree
After moving to cornerback in the spring of 2012, Legree became one of South Carolina’s top performers in the secondary. He intercepted six passes over his final two seasons. His interceptions against Vanderbilt and Florida in 2013 sealed the victories for the Gamecocks. He finished his career with 111 total tackles.
Runner-up: Andrew Clifford
#16 Brett Nichols
Nichols worked with the scout team during his career for the Gamecocks, getting some time at quarterback in mop-up duties against South Florida and Auburn. He got in as a safety on a drive against Middle Tennessee State in 2006.
Runner-up: Michael McQueeney
#17 Chris Culiver
The most decorated kick returner in school history, Culliver returned 106 kickoffs for 2,476 yards. His 809 return yards as a freshman were the second-most in school history. He was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2009, when he racked up 585 kickoff return yards and was the team’s third-leading tackler.
Runner-up: Dylan Thompson
#18 Jay Wooten
Wooten converted 51 of 54 extra points in his Gamecock career. As a junior, Wooten kicked five touchbacks on 65 kickoffs. He handled place-kicking duties as a senior, making seven of 11 field goal attempts.
Runner-up: Dion LeCorn
#19 Landon Ard
A favorite to handle kickoff duties in 2014, Ard has 39 touchbacks in 96 kickoffs in his career. Ard also made three tackles last season.
Runner-up: Gerrod Sinclair