In this and my next post, I will name my Steve Spurrier-era all-star 11s, beginning with the offense.
Tight end: Justice Cunningham (2009-12)
Justice made the two-deep as a freshman in 2009, playing in all 13 games with two starts. Utilized primarily as a blocker, he had two receptions for 23 yards. As a sophomore he upped his total catches to seven for 92 yards, and his junior year he had 18 grabs for 142 yards and one touchdown. Last season as a senior, Justice was the team's fourth leading receiver with 23 catches for 324 yards.
Left tackle: Jabari Levey (2002-2005)
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Jabari lined up at guard and tackle as a true freshman and started seven games at left guard as a sophomore. He moved into the starting lineup at left tackle his junior and senior seasons, when he was an All-SEC candidate. Jabari spent part of the 2006 season with the Oakland Raiders and signed with Tampa Bay in 2007.
Left guard. A.J. Cann (2010-present)
A.J. has started every game at left guard since his redshirt freshman season, when he was named first-team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSportsNext.com and Phil Steele, and was selected to the Coaches' and Rivals.com SEC All-Freshman team. In addition he was a member of the Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll. Last season as a redshirt sophomore, A.J earned a spot on Phil Steele's third-team Mid-season All-SEC squad, and he was again a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. He will most certainly be a preseason first-team All-SEC selection next fall.
Center: T.J. Johnson (2009-12)
T.J. started every game from his true freshman year, with a school-record 53 consecutive starts. He was a team captain as a senior last season, and he was a second-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches, and played in the East-West Shrine Game. T.J. is currently a member of the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Right guard: Lemuel Jeanpierre (2006-09)
Lemuel began his career at Carolina as a defensive tackle, with one start in '06, before moving to right guard the next season, when he made five starts. He had five starts in '08, before a knee injury sidelined him for the season. Lemuel was the full-time starter in '09. Lemuel signed a free agent contract with Seattle in 2011 and played two seasons for the Seahawks.
Right tackle: Na'Shan Goddard (2002-05)
Like Levey, Na'Shan was a starter for Coach Spurrier's first USC team. In 2002, he was named to The Sporting News' freshman All-American and All-SEC squads as a center and guard. He moved to right tackle where he started every game his junior and seniors year, when he was named to Phipps Football Preview All-SEC second team. In 2006 he signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants and was a member of the practice squad for the Giants and the New York Jets that season. Na'Shan was on the active roster for the Giants in 2007-08 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2009. He is currently on the roster of the Virginia Destroyers of the American Football league.
Wide receiver: Alshon Jeffery (2009-11)
Alshon holds the number one spot in USC's all-time receiving marks in average per reception for a game (37.0), receiving yards (1,517), receptions (88), 100-yard receiving games (8) for a season, and career records for receiving yards (3,042) and 100-yard receiving games (12). Alshon was second-round pick of the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he holds the team-record for receiving yards in a game with 249. In his second year in the NFL, Jeffery is only the eighth player in NFL history to have two 200-yard receiving games in one season.
Wide receiver: Sidney Rice (2005-2006)
Although he played just two seasons before turning pro, Sidney holds a number of USC's top receiving marks. He has the record for receiving touchdowns in a game (5), for a season (13), and for a career (23). Sidney is second to Alshon in receiving yards for a season (1,143), 100-yard receiving games for a season (6) and for a career (11). Sidney was named Freshman All-American by The Sporting news and Rivals.com in 2005, and first-team Freshman All-SEC by the coaches and the AP. Sidney was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, where he played three seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl team in '09. Sidney was traded to Seattle in '11, and he is currently an active member of the Seahawks roster.
Fullback: Patrick DiMarco (2007-10)
The Gamecock coaching staff has never really found a replacement for the versatile DiMarco, a devastating blocker who could catch the football out of the backfield. As a true freshman he caught four passes for 32 yards and scored his first touchdown on a seven-yard pass reception in the win over Kentucky. He also had a pair of kickoff returns, netting 41 yards. As a sophomore he played in all 13 games, making five starts. Pat had one carry for three yards, but caught five passes for 45 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown catch, against Clemson, which earned the Ernest A. Brooks Memorial Award as the MVP of the 2008 Carolina/Clemson game. His junior year Pat was one of four team captains. He made eight starts, rushed 10 times for 31 yards, and caught 14 passes for 78 yards, with one touchdown. As a senior he caught 15 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns.
Running back: Marcus Lattimore
Marcus holds the No. 1 spot in USC's record books for rushing touchdowns for a season (17), rushing attempts for a game (40), and rushing touchdowns for a career (38). He is fourth in career rushing attempts (555) and sixth in career rushing with 2,677 yards. He was NCAA Freshman of the Year, headlining the All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News. He was first-team All-SEC (2010), second-team All-American (2010), and SEC Freshman of the Year (2010). Despite recovering from his second knee injury, Marcus was picked in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers, and last month returned to the practice field.
Quarterback: Connor Shaw
Connor's 26-5 school record speaks for itself. He also holds the record for 30 consecutive passes completed. This season he completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 2,135 yards and 21 touchdowns, with just one interception. Connor has a career total of 53 TD passes, which ranks him second all-time. He rushed for 511 yards and scored five TDs, leading the Gamecocks to a 10-2 regular season. Connor has been invited to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 18.