SEC Underclassman Tracker: Marcus Roberson and Bruce Ellington declare

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Oct 26, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Bruce Ellington (23) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. South Carolina won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks will be significantly weaker when the Kentucky Wildcats face them next year. Whether the Cats will have narrowed the gap enough to beat them in Commonwealth Stadium remains to be seen.

But with several seniors graduating, today announcement that several key underclassman will likely lead USC falling back to the pack in the SEC East.

That’s because defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, cornerback Victor Hampton, wide receiver Bruce Elligton and defensive end Jadevon Clowney all declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ellington played point guard for the Gamecocks basketball team and was a receiver on the football squad the past three seasons while making several highlight-reel catches like this:

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But it was on the football field where Ellington had the most success. He led South Carolina with 49 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

He may have had his best game in the ninth-ranked Gamecocks’ 34-24 win over No. 19 Wisconsin on Wednesday. He caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 9-yard TD pass to South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who also graduates, leaving USC with as many as 8 starters departing, five of which being on defense.

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