USC Gamecocks Football

More players test NFL waters

USC head coach Steve Spurrier watches kicker Joey Scribner-Howard (46) during the Gamecocks' practice Monday.
USC head coach Steve Spurrier watches kicker Joey Scribner-Howard (46) during the Gamecocks' practice Monday. The State

It’s been highly noted that sophomore wide receiver Tori Gurley and junior offensive guard Rokevious Watkins had submitted their paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

But head coach Steve Spurrier believes as many as eight or nine players sent in their paperwork to see what the return might be.

Junior spur Antonio Allen confirmed he was one of the players but he fully expects to return for his senior season. None of the other defensive players made available to the media following Monday’s workout said they send in their paperwork.

Spurrier thinks it’s a good idea for players to do that but unless they are guaranteed to go in the first or second round he always believes returning to school is the best option.

“We had about 8 or 9 guys testing the waters,” Spurrier said. “We’re hoping when their report comes back, it’s unlikely they’ll be first or second round picks, they will understand they should continue and try and graduate and play another year. We’re hoping they’re smart enough to do that.”

Gurley practiced in a yellow non-contact jersey on Sunday and started that way on Monday but moved to full-contact before practice ended.

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