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Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- USC play-by-play announcer Todd Ellis will begin his 11th season of calling the action on the radio tonight when the Gamecocks host North Carolina.

The former Gamecock quarterback will team with color analyst Tommy Suggs, another former USC quarterback, to describe the action on the Gamecock Radio Network.

While the football team has scrimmages in the preseason to prepare for the opener, Ellis says his practice consists of mock play-by-play calls at Rotary Clubs and other speaking engagementsfor those in attendance.

At this point in his broadcasting career, Ellis' preparation for the Tar Heels has consisted of learning the names of numbers on the projected depth chart and looking at trends and interesting notes that he will use for his broadcast.