History of hard work helps Tori Gurley step up for Gamecocks

By Rick Henry - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - University of South Carolina wide receiver Tori Gurley is living the dream, catching passes and helping the gamecocks win games. It's a long way from the days when he held down a blue collar job and could only fantasize about wearing the garnet and black.

Tori Gurley had his best game for Carolina Saturday night against Vanderbilt. His 14 catches tied the school record for receptions in a single game. He also scored a touchdown in the 21 to seven win over the Commodores.
Gurley is a driven man on the field. That's because it took him a long time to reach this point. After graduating from Rock Hill High School in 2006, he worked at two different hardware stores for about a year. Then he attended prep school for a year before enrolling at USC.

While Gurley works hard all the time, head coach Steve Spurrier says Gurley is at his best on Saturdays. Last year Gurley played outside receiver, but Spurrier told him he'd see more playing time if he moved inside to the slot position.
Gurley has started all seven games and is the team's second leading receiver behind Alshon Jeffrey.

The emergence of Gurley and running back Brian Maddox give South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier a couple of more weapons on a team that already has the Southeastern Conference's most accurate quarterback in Stephen Garcia, most prolific receiver in Jeffery and leading scorer in running back Marcus Lattimore.

It also has given the Gamecocks next opponent, Tennessee, some more headaches as the Volunteers prepare for Saturday's game.

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