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South Carolina WR Samuel to enter NFL draft, skip Belk Bowl

South Carolina senior wide receiver Deebo Samuel announced on Monday that he will skip the Belk Bowl to focus on the 2019 NFL draft.

Samuel led the Gamecocks with 62 catches for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns this season after his 2017 season was cut short due to a season-ending broken leg in the third game. He finishes his career with a school-record four kickoff returns for touchdowns, which also is tied for the SEC record.

Samuel was named to the AP All-SEC team on Monday at two positions -- first team all-purpose performer and second team wide receiver.

The Gamecocks play Virginia in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 29.