Gamecocks Wells named "breakout player of the week" after big game at Arkansas

Gamecock WR Antwane Wells Jr. Photo credit South Carolina Athletic Dept.

University of South Carolina junior wide receiver Antwane “Juice” Wells Jr. has been selected as this week “Breakout Offensive Player” as selected by the East-West Shrine Bowl, it was announced Monday.

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The award is given out each week to an all-star game eligible offensive player that displayed the most NFL traits. Wells Jr., a 6-1, 207-pound transfer from James Madison, turned in the best game of his career at Arkansas. He caught eight passes on 10 targets for a career-high 189 yards and one touchdown. He had receptions of 64- and 62-yards in the contest.

Wells Jr.’s 189-yard receiving performance tied for the 10th-best single-game performance in school history and the most receiving yards in a game since Deebo Samuel went for 210 at Clemson in 2018.

Wells Jr. and the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 SEC) will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they host the defending National Champs Georgia (2-0, 0-0 SEC) in a noon kick at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.