Columbia, SC - The last time Gamecock fan saw former South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington, he was lighting up the Wisconsin Badger secondary in the 2014 Capital One Bowl. Since hanging up his garnet and black jersey for a shot at the National Football League, Ellington took part in the NFL Combine this February.
" I felt like I did everything I could do at USC, you know, playing two sports," Ellington explained. "I already graduated. I prayed on it and I'm just waiting on a call."
Since wowing scouts and NFL player personnel at the combine, Ellington has received quite a few calls. He ran the 11th fastest 40-yard dash in his group(4.45). He also turned heads during the various pass catching and route running drills.
"You go up there[to the combine] and everybody's looking at you," he said. "I wasn't nervous at all. I prepared well and did everything I was prepared to do and ran a good time."
The Moncks Corner, SC native has also benefited from being a two-sport athlete. Ellington originally played basketball at South Carolina before coming over to the football team. Head coach Steve Spurrier was able to woo the point guard into shoulder pads and helmet and the rest is history. His ability to successfully migrate between sports is viewed as an asset.
" They[scouts] asked me if I'm a football player playing basketball or a basketball player playing football," the wideout remembered. "I just be like 'I'm a athlete just out there doing the thing that I love.'"
The days of being a two-sport star are over for Ellington. He has to be careful playing pickup basketball as any injury could jeopardize his football career and livelihood. With the NFL life becoming a full-time job, Ellington is ready to give his all his newest occupation.
"I'm investing all my time into these teams," Ellington explained. "I'm just all-in and ready to go."