USC football players bond on an elevator

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The USC football team must really like being around each other, and that's a good thing, especially when you're forced to stay in a little tiny space -- an elevator.

The Gamecocks had a bonding experience two days before the Clemson game. It happened on Thanksgiving Day. The team was hosting a dinner for kids from Epworth Children's Home. Like many other team functions, the event was held in The Zone, high above the playing field at Williams-Brice Stadium.

"18 of us got stuck on an elevator, and that's something that brought our team together," says wide receiver Tori Gurley, "But we were in the elevator. Some guys were panicking, and other guys were frustrated. T. J. Johnson, he was turning red and looked like he was about to faint."

At first the players were told it would take 30 minutes to free them. Instead, it took two hours.

"All of our teammates were there cheering us on as we walked out, says Gurley, "As a team player, that meant a lot to me. It was kind of funny, but at the same time, we really have each other's backs -- no matter what. This is probably the closest Carolina team that's ever been here."

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