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May 20, 2010

The University of South Carolina is well-represented on Phil Steele’s 2010 Preseason All-SEC football team, announced today. The Gamecocks had nine players earn spots on Steele’s four teams, including a pair of first-team selections.

Senior defensive end Cliff Matthews and sophomore cornerback Stephon Gilmore earned preseason first-team recognition by the national publication. Matthews, a 6-4, 260-pounder from Cheraw, S.C. was a postseason second-team all-league selection a year ago. He has started more games (33) than any other returning Gamecock. Gilmore, a 6-1, 188-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C. who was a Freshman All-American last season, was also named to Steele’s fourth-team All-America squad. In addition, Gilmore was the lone Gamecock on Steele’s second-team All-SEC, as he was tabbed as the No. 2 punt returner in the league.

Four Gamecocks earned third team All-SEC recognition, according to Steele. A pair of seniors – defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye and cornerback Chris Culliver – are mentioned on the defensive side of the ball, while sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and incoming freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore garnered mention on the third-team offense.

Three Gamecocks earned fourth-team accolades, one in each facet of the game. Senior tight end Weslye Saunders represents the offense, junior linebacker Shaq Wilson is listed on defense and senior punter Spencer Lanning, who represents special teams, all were tabbed by Steele in his preseason picks.

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