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.