Bruce Ellington Quitting South Carolina Football To Play Only Basketball

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 01: Teammates Demetruce McNeal #12 of the Auburn Tigers and Jake Holland #5 of the Auburn Tigers try to stop Bruce Ellington #23 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

South Carolina's Bruce Ellington will focus on basketball at the expense of football.

South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Bruce Ellington is leaving the football team to play exclusively for the school's basketball team, it was announced Monday. In 2011, Ellington produced 780 yards from scrimmage, good enough for second on the team behind Marcus Lattimore, and was in line to take on an even bigger role with Alshon Jeffery departing to the NFL.

But Ellington has been effective for the basketball team as well, generating 12.8 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game this year. The 5'9" guard has ranked in the SEC's top five in usage percentage in each of his two seasons. And with the Cocks going 2-14 in conference hoops play this year, it's safe to say they need him more than Steve Spurrier does.

For more on Cocks football, visit South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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