Football seniors suit up once more for Gamecocks


While the Gamecocks had plenty to celebrate after their 38-23 victory over Austin Peay, it was the last time 13 of them would ever suit up at home.

Wide receiver Trey Smith joined the Gamecocks in 2011 after playing two seasons at Western Michigan. He burst onto the scene in the 2011 spring game helping lead his team to a comeback in a losing effort. This season he has 22-catches for 309-yards and one touchdown. He is the team’s third leading receiver.

Running back Washaun Ealey joined the Gamecocks in 2011 after leading the Georgia Bulldogs in rushing for two seasons. In 2011, Ealey led the team in rushing with 1,082 yards and was named First Team All OVC. This season, he has rushed for 748-yards and 10-touchdowns. He is the second leading rusher.

Wide receiver Kevyn Cooper joined the Gamecocks in 2008. Cooper will forever live in Gamecock lure with his most memorable play in 2010 when he caught the game-tying touchdown pass from Coty Blanchard as time expired against Ole Miss. This season, he has 26-catches for 309-yards. He is the second leading receiver.

Quarterback Marques Ivory joined the Gamecocks in 2008. He saw limited action as a true freshman playing behind Ryan Perrilloux. He returned this season after sitting out most of 2011 suffering from a leg injury.This season he has completed 148/240 passes for 1908-yards for 16 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 142-yards for one touchdown. He is the team’s leading passer.

Defensive back Brooks Robinson arrived at JSU in 2008. He has played snaps at quarterback, safety, and linebacker. Brooks’ major contributions came on special teams as he has participated on every special team.

Wide receiver Alan Bonner arrived at JSU in 2009 playing as a true freshman and earned an OVC All-Newcomer selection. This season, Bonner has caught 47-passes for 836-yards and 8-touchdowns. He is 37-yards shy of 2,000-yards on his career. He is the teams’ leading receiver.

Linebacker Nick Johnson arrived at JSU in 2008. He has spent time at safety and linebacker. This season he has 31-tackles and 1-forced fumble. He is the team’s eighth leading tackler.

Defensive back Keginaled Harris joined the Gamecocks in 2008. He has played safety and linebacker. He was a First Team All OVC selection in 2010. This season he has 13-tackles.

Defensive back Francis Duncan joined the Gamecocks in 2008. He became a full time starter in 2012. He has 19-tackles this season.

Offensive lineman Odie Rush joined the Gamecocks in 2010 after playing at East Mississippi Community College for two seasons.In 2010, he started every game and tallied eight pancakes with 48-knockdowns. He missed the entire 2011 season to injury. He regained his starting job in 2012 at the Chattanooga game.

Offensive lineman Tori Mobley came to JSU in 2008. He became a full-time starter in 2010. He has played both guard and tackle. He is the most experienced member of the offensive line. In 2011 he recorded 53-knockdowns.

Tight end Denzel Cheeks came to JSU in 2009. He was one of three players to see action as a true freshman that season. He has been used as a blocker, receiver and a special team player. This season, he has 5-catches for 43-yards and a touchdown.

Defensive lineman Dimetrio Tyson came to JSU in 2008. He is the most experienced member of the defensive line. His only career interception came in 2011 against SEMO. This season he has 25-tackles and 3-sacks.

This senior class finished with a 21-3 record at home and an 0-1 record in the playoffs.

“I think they are a very special bunch,” said head coach Jack Crowe. “They don’t flinch, they don’t complain, they don’t show up two seconds late, classy.”

Their final game as Gamecocks will be Saturday in Gainsville, Fla. Against the University of Florida.

11/15/2012


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