Three University of South Carolina football players have been recognized for their play on the field by Phil Steele, it was announced Thursday.
Senior offensive guard A.J. Cann was a first-team All-SEC and a second-team All-America selection according to Steele. Sophomore wide receiver Pharoh Cooper joined Cann on the first-team All-SEC squad, while sophomore placekicker Elliott Fry was a third-team All-SEC pick by Steele.
Cann, a 6-4, 311-pounder from Bamberg, S.C., has been a four-year starter at guard for the Gamecocks. He has started 50 of the 51 games over the past four seasons, the second-most starts in Carolina history. A two-time captain, Cann helped lead a team that averaged over 33 points and 450 yards per game.
Since the regular season ended, Cann has been named first-team All-America by Sporting News, ESPN.com and CBSSportsline.com, was a second-team All-American by Walter Camp, Associated Press, FWAA and Sports Illustrated, and was a third-team AA by College Sports Madness. In addition, he garnered first-team All-SEC honors from the coaches, ESPN.com, and College Sports Madness and was a second-team All-SEC choice by the AP.
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Cooper, a 5-11, 201-pounder from Havelock, N.C., was third in the SEC in receptions (60), second in receiving yards (966), fourth in receptions per game (5.0) and 10th in all-purpose yards per game (103.5).
Cooper was a first-team All-SEC wide receiver according to AP and the coaches and was a first-team all-purpose back according to ESPN.com. In addition, he was a second-team all-purpose back by the AP and the coaches and was a second-team All-SEC wide receiver by College Sports Madness.
Fry, a 6-0, 165-pounder from Frisco, Texas, connected on 17-of-22 field goal attempts and all 48 of his extra point attempts, while leading the team with 99 points scored. He was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which honors the nation’s top placekicker. Fry was a second-team All-SEC selection by the league’s 14 coaches.