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July 9, 2011

Sherman won't return

Bryce Sherman won't return to South Carolina's football team.

A source close to the team confirmed the news to GamecockCentral.com on Saturday afternoon. The source said that Sherman had decided to quit, although Steve Spurrier Jr., Sherman's position coach, told GamecockCentral.com that if the decision had been made, Sherman had yet to inform the coaching staff.

Sherman, when reached by phone, said, "I don't want to say nothing right now."

Moved to wide receiver for 2011 spring practice, Sherman was listed third on the depth chart behind Jason Barnes and Ace Sanders. He was the listed starter at kickoff return, ahead of D.J. Swearinger, but was expected to have competition for the role from incoming freshman Damiere Byrd and potentially Bruce Ellington, who is joining the football team this season.

A fan favorite when he first burst onto the scene in 2009, Sherman had the speed and moves to return kicks and be a slot tailback or wide receiver. Nicknamed "Sherm the Worm," the former USC track athlete walked on to the football team and became the starting kick returner.

He had 24 returns for 502 yards in 2009, also rushing nine times for 57 yards, and had a 48-yard reception against Arkansas. In 2010, Sherman again returned kicks, toting 35 balls for 713 yards, but only rushed twice for (minus)-2 yards.

Scott Hood contributed to this report

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