Rice set Gamecocks' career touchdown reception mark

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sophomore Sidney Rice, South Carolina's
career leader in touchdown receptions, is giving up his final two
seasons to enter the NFL draft.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier confirmed through a spokesman
Sunday that Rice would go pro.

Spurrier was "disappointed and wished [Rice] would've stayed
around another year," spokesman Steve Fink said.

In two seasons, Rice caught 23 TDs to set the school's career
mark. With 1,090 yards receiving this year, Rice became the first
South Carolina wideout to break the 1,000-yard mark twice in his
career. The only other 1,000-yard season in Gamecock history was by
former Green Bay Packers star Sterling Sharpe.

Rice had 11 100-yard games, also a school career record.

He caught 72 passes this year and leaves sixth all-time on the
school list with 142 receptions.

Underclassmen had until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft. Rice
has until Jan. 20 to withdraw his name from consideration and
return to school.