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A PAIR EXTRAORDINAIRE
Douglas S. Looney
November 09, 1987
The Gamecocks rely on Todd Ellis and Sterling Sharpe
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November 09, 1987

A Pair Extraordinaire

The Gamecocks rely on Todd Ellis and Sterling Sharpe

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Make no mistake, Sharpe is a dominating player just as Notre Dame receiver Tim Brown is. Which is why he'll almost certainly be a first-round NFL draft pick. What fascinates the pros is that he is able to block—and just as important, will block, even troublesome linebackers. Then, on the next play, he'll blow past a defensive back on the fly. Says Sharpe, "I want to play at the level where everyone expects me to play. Very high. Very, very high."

"Sterling can make this game look awful easy," says Ellis. So, too, can Ellis. He throws too many interceptions—22 last year, 15 so far this year—but he has a cocky attitude that allows him to zip the ball into crowded places and not get down on himself when he hits a glitch. And he has developed the knack of delivering the ball on time, which helps explain why this year he's fourth in the nation in total offense with 295.5 yards per game. Says South Carolina's offensive coordinator Frank Sadler, "Goshdog, he's got radar on that ball."

After the game Morrison mused about his two stars: " Ellis just brought that presence with him out of high school, and when Sharpe runs in a straight line, folks miss him." Gamecock fans won't miss either of them, from now right through bowl season.

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