Greatest "Spurrier Era" Gamecocks: By Jersey Number (20-29)

We continue our look at the greatest Gamecocks of the Spurrier Era by jersey number. Today's numbers are 20-29, meaning some standout defensive performers and some running backs you may have heard of. 

#20 T.J. Gurley

Gurley was named to the SEC’s All-Freshmen team in 2012 after making 13 tackles in eight games. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Florida game that year, but recovered to play in all 13 games of the 2013 season. Gurley logged nine tackles against North Carolina and a career-high 11 stop against Georgia.

Runner-up: Taylor Rank

 

#21 Marcus Lattimore

Arguably the best South Carolina tailback since George Rogers, Lattimore scored more touchdowns than any other Gamecock. His 17 touchdowns as a freshman set a school record and his 40-carry performance against Florida in the 2010 SEC East championship game was the most touches ever for a Gamecock running back.

Runner-up: Emanuel Cook

 

#22 Brandon Wilds

Wilds rose from fifth-string tailback to starter during his freshman season, amassing 486 yards in five starts for the Gamecocks. Although he missed all of 2012 and was plagued by injuries in 2013, Wilds still averaged over five yards per carry last season and caught a pair of touchdown passes.

Runner-up: Bobby Wallace

 

#23 Bruce Ellington

After deciding to play both football and basketball, Ellington made the most of his time on the gridiron. He was a Freshman All-SEC player in 2011 and led the team in receiving in each of his final two seasons. Ellington caught the winning pass against Michigan and racked up a career-high 140 receiving yards against Wisconsin.

Runner-up: Tremaine Tyler

 

#24 Darian Stewart

Stewart was one of the hardest-hitting Gamecocks and a natural fit for South Carolina’s “Spur” position. He led the team in tackles against Georgia in 2007, his first career start. Stewart helped the Gamecocks escape with a win over North Carolina that year by forcing two fumbles and picking off a pass.

Runner-up: Quin Smith

 

#25 Mike Davis

Davis rushed for 19 touchdowns in his Gamecock career, tied for the ninth-most in school history. He is 13th on South Carolina’s career rushing list with 2,231 yards. Davis led the team in rushing as a freshman and again as a senior. His 125 yards in the Independence Bowl against Missouri were a career high.

Runner-up: Kadetrix Marcus

 

#26 Antonio Allen

A linebacker and safety for the Gamecocks, Allen finished his career with 198 tackles, four interceptions and two touchdowns. He led the team in tackles in the SEC Championship game, making eight stops. Allen’s first career interception came against Clemson in 2010, which he returned for a touchdown.


#27 Victor Hampton

Hampton’s final season in Columbia was undoubtedly his best. He set career high marks in tackles, tackles for loss, interceptions, and pass break ups. Hampton picked off five passes in his Gamecock career. As a freshman, he led the team in kickoff returns, averaging 25.4 yards per return.

Runner-up: Ty Erving

 

#28 Mike Davis

A second-team All-SEC runner in his sophomore season, Davis rushed for 1,183 yards, the fourth-most in school history. His 11 rushing touchdowns in 2013 tied for sixth on the school’s single-season list. His 75-yard touchdown run against North Carolina was the longest run by a Gamecock in seven seasons.

Runner-up: Eric Baker

 

#29 Elliott Fry

Fry was a Freshman All-SEC kicker, leading the Gamecocks with 99 points on the season. He was the first freshman to start the season at kicker for South Carolina since 1996. Fry went 15-of-18 on field goal attempts and 54-of-55 on extra points. His career long was a 45-yarder against Florida.

Runner-up: Ike Crofoot