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Xavier Legette

  • position WR
  • height 6-3
  • weight 227
  • class Fifth Year
  • Hometown Mullins, S.C.
  • High school Mullins
  • position WR
  • height 6-3
  • weight 227
  • class Fifth Year
  • Hometown Mullins, S.C.
  • High school Mullins

Xavier Legette Bio

* 2023-24 South Carolina Male Athlete of the Year

* 2023 Senior Bowl All-American Team
* 2023 Third-Team All-American (Phil Steele, College Football Network)
* 2023 First-Team All-SEC (PFF, Phil Steele, College Football Network)
* 2023 Second-Team All-SEC Wide Receiver (AP, Coaches)
* 2023 Second-Team All-SEC All-Purpose (AP)
* 2023 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy Finalist
* 2023 Rex Enright Team Captain
* 2023 co-Steve Wadiak Team MVP
* 2023 Steve Spurrier Award – MVP Offense
* 2023 Most Outstanding Senior
* 2023 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
* 2023 Midseason Second-Team All-American (AP)
* 2022 Gamecocks’ Toughness Award – Offense
* 2020 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
* 2019-20 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Special talent who contributed at wide receiver and on special teams… appeared in 53 games over a five-year career with 32 starts… logged 113 career receptions for 1,678 yards with 12 receiving touchdowns and one kickoff return for a score… his 113 career receptions ranks 15th on the school’s all-time list… averaged 26.4 yards on 29 career kickoff returns.

2023 (Super Senior)
Highly-decorated player following a breakout “Super” senior season in which he was one of the nation’s top receivers… was a third-team All-American according to Phil Steele and College Football Network and named to the Senior Bowl All-American Team… earned first-team All-SEC accolades from PFF, Phil Steele and College Football Network… was a second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and the league’s 14 coaches as a wide receiver… also earned AP second-team All-SEC honors as an all-purpose back… selected as a Rex Enright Team Captain, the Most Outstanding Senior, the Steve Spurrier Award winner as the MVP of the offense and shared the Steve Wadiak Team MVP with Spencer Rattler… named a finalist for the Blanchard-Rogers Trophy… was one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award and was a second-team AP Midseason All-American… started all 12 games… led the team with 71 receptions for 1,255 yards, and seven receiving touchdowns… tied Bryan Edwards (71) for the fifth-most receptions in a single season… his 71 receptions was more than the next two players on the squad combined (65)… his 1,255 receiving yards was the second-highest single-season mark in school history… became the fifth player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 yards receiving mark in a single season… averaged 104.6 receiving yards per game (2nd in the SEC and 8th in the country), 17.7 yards per reception (5th in the SEC) and 5.9 receptions per game (4th in the SEC)… logged six 100-yard receiving games… returned 10 kickoffs for a 21.3-yard average… had at least five receptions in 10 of 12 games… was injured in the two games he did not record at least five catches… turned in his best game against Jacksonville State with a career high 217 receiving yards, while tying career highs with nine receptions and with two touchdowns… his 217 receiving yards was the second most in program history, just 16 yards shy of tying Pharoh Cooper (2014) for the program record… had a five-catch, 189-yard, two-touchdown performance against Mississippi State and a nine-catch, 178-yard effort against North Carolina… also had 100-yard outings against Furman (118), Florida (110) and Vanderbilt (120)… invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine  following the season… named the University of South Carolina 2023-24 Male Athlete of the Year.

2022 (Senior)
Played in all 13 games, making seven starts… caught 18 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns, rushed seven times for 21 yards and returned 15 kicks for 441 yards, a school-record 29.4-yard average (15 returns minimum) with one touchdown… took the opening kick against Texas A&M 100 yards for a touchdown… it tied for the second-longest return in school history and was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Gamecock since Deebo Samuel went the distance at Ole Miss in 2018… earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades for his performance… logged kickoff returns of 32- and 31-yards against Charlotte and Arkansas, respectively… caught two passes for 33 yards and a score at Vanderbilt, while also rushing twice for a career-high 28 yards… recorded a pair of catches against Georgia, Missouri and Florida… had the best game of his career in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against Notre Dame when he caught a career-high seven passes for a career-high 78 yards with two touchdowns, including an incredible 42-yard TD reception… had a huge spring, earning the Gamecocks’ Toughness Award for the offense.

2021 (Junior)
Played in 11 games, making four starts… caught eight passes for 63 yards and a touchdown… missed some time during the season after being injured in an off-the-field accident… hauled in the game-winning touchdown, a nine-yard reception, with 37 seconds remaining in a 21-20 win vs. Vanderbilt… started the game and finished with four catches for 31 yards in his first significant action of the season… had a crucial 20-yard catch on a third down conversion in the second half of a 21-17 win vs. Auburn.

2020 (Sophomore)
Second-year receiver who appeared in six games, all starts… started the first six contests before injuries sidelined him for the final four games… caught seven passes for 113 yards, an average of 16.1 per catch… best game came in the season opener against Tennessee when he grabbed four passes for a career-high 61 yards, including a career-long 42-yard reception… had a pair of catches for 30 yards at Vanderbilt… named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2019 (Freshman)
True freshman who saw action in 11 games on special teams and at wide receiver… did not play in the season finale vs. Clemson… caught nine passes for 80 yards with a touchdown… also credited with four kickoff returns for 113 yards, a 28.2-yard average… started three contests, getting the nod against Vanderbilt, Appalachian State and Texas A&M… logged his first reception against Kentucky… made his first start against Vanderbilt and logged three catches for 34 yards, including a career-long 20-yard touchdown reception… also handled kickoff return duties for the first time in that contest… had his best game against Appalachian State when he recorded career highs with five receptions for 42 yards… made an impact on special teams at Texas A&M with two kickoff returns for 74 yards, including a career-long of 50 yards… named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Graduated from Mullins (S.C.) High School in 2019… played quarterback as a senior, rushing for 1,826 yards and 19 touchdowns, while passing for 887 yards and 14 scores… led the Auctioneers to an 8-2 record in 2018 and a berth in the second round of the AA state playoffs… coached by John Williams… one of three finalists for the 2018 WPDE Zoneman Trophy… as a sophomore in 2016, caught 44 passes for 733 yards and eight touchdowns… also played baseball and basketball… was considered the 10th-best prospect in the state of South Carolina, rated the 40th-best “athlete” in the country and number 709 overall, according to 247Sports Composite.

Anthony Xavier Legette was born Jan. 29, 2001… earned a degree in sport and entertainment management.