University of South Carolina junior wide receiver/punt returner Ace Sanders has decided to forego his final year of eligibility with the Gamecocks and will enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
"Ace had an exceptional game in the Outback Bowl," said head coach Steve Spurrier. "And he felt like maybe it was his time, he was as hot as he was going to be. We're all for Ace and we wish him the best."
Sanders, (5-8, 175 lbs) from Bradenton, Fla., earned second-team All-America honors and was named Southeastern Conference's co-Special Teams Player of the Year during the 2012 campaign.
Sanders led the SEC and ranked fourth in the nation with a 15.13-yard punt return average, returning 28 punts for a school record 429 yards and two touchdowns.
He was named the MVP of the Outback Bowl after catching nine passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns and returning a punt 63 yards for another score in the Gamecocks' 33-28 win over Michigan.
Sanders led the 2012 Gamecocks with 45 receptions for 531 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He rushed three times for one yard, completed 1-of-2 passes for 16 yards and a touchdown and returned one kickoff for 16 yards.
He tied for second on the team with 66 points and was second on the squad in all-purpose yards with 977.