University of South Carolina junior defensive end Kelcy
Quarles has been named second-team All-America by the Associated Press and by
CBSSports.com, it was announced today. Additionally, Quarles and senior
quarterback Connor Shaw were selected as honorable mention All-Americans by
Quarles, a 6-4, 298-pounder from Hodges, S.C., was the
team leader in tackles for loss with 13.5 including a team-high 9.5 sacks. One
of four captains, Quarles enters the 2014 Capital One Bowl with 36 tackles, a
pass breakup, a fumble recovery and three quarterback hurries. A first-team
All-SEC by both the Associated Press and by the league's 14 coaches, Quarles
earned first-team All-America honors from Sporting News.
Shaw, a 6-1, 209-pounder from Flowery Branch, Ga., became
the winningest quarterback in school history with a 26-5 record, including a
17-0 mark at home. In 2013 he completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,135
yards with 21 touchdowns and just one interception.
Quarles, Shaw and their Carolina teammates will begin
bowl mini-camp later today.
The No. 8/8 Gamecocks (10-2, 6-2 SEC) are preparing
for a New Year's Day match in the Capital One Bowl with the 19th-ranked
Wisconsin Badgers (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten). Game time is set for 1 p.m. ET at Florida
Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.
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