By Chase Goodbread (NFL.com)
By Willie T. Smith III (Greenville News)
Senior wide receiver who is regarded as the fastest player on the squad... considered one of the top four receivers on the squad heading into the fall... missed much of the spring while rehabbing from knee surgery... has 48 career receptions for 957 yards with seven touchdowns... has one 100-yard receiving game and seven career receptions of 40-plus yards... a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection who also served as a captain on the track & field squad... was unable to compete in the 2014 indoor track season but ran in the outdoor campaign.
2013: Played in 12 games, making 10 starts... did not appear in the bowl win over Wisconsin after injuring his right knee in practice prior to the game... third on the squad with 33 catches and second with 575 receiving yards... averaged 17.4 yards per catch with four touchdowns... recovered a fumble on punt coverage in the season opening win over North Carolina... caught a career-high five passes for 74 yards in the win at UCF... matched that career high with five catches the following week against Kentucky, this time for a then-career-best 98 yards, including a 62-yard TD reception... caught a 45-yard TD pass in the win at Arkansas... had his best game as a Gamecock, catching four passes for a career-high 121 yards at Tennessee, including a 76-yard TD reception... hauled in four passes for 76 yards at Missouri... had a six-yard TD reception against Mississippi State... caught four passes for 55 yards in the win over Florida... best times during the indoor track season in 2013 were 6.66 in the 60-meter dash, 21.41 in the 200 and 47.91 in the 400 meters... named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2012: Played in all 13 games, making a pair of starts... caught 14 passes for 366 yards, a 26.1-yard average, with three scores... had four receptions of more than 40 yards... also returned two kickoffs for 22 yards and rushed four times for -2 yards... caught two passes for 81 yards in the home opener against East Carolina, including a 53-yard reception... teamed with Dylan Thompson on a 94-yard scoring strike against UAB... it was the fourth-longest pass in school history, tied for the second longest in FBS play in 2012, and was his first career TD reception... caught a 30-yard scoring strike at Kentucky... set the tone early in the Georgia game with a 42-yard reception on the second play from scrimmage... also made the start at LSU... did not log a reception in the season's final five regular games... bounced back with two catches for 63 yards in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan, including a 56-yard scoring play on the third play from scrimmage... named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... named the Most Improved Wide Receiver in the spring... top time in the 60m dash during the indoor track seasons was 6.71 seconds... placed sixth at the 2012 SEC indoor championships in that event.
2011: True freshman who played in nine games, starting three... sat out the first four games due to an NCAA eligibility issue... caught one pass for 16 yards, rushed 10 times for 73 yards and had one kickoff return for 24 yards... started the first game in which he appeared against Auburn... had his first career rush in that game...caught his only pass for 16 yards vs. Kentucky... also set a career long with a 21-yard run against the Wildcats...earned his second start at Arkansas... lone kick return came vs. The Citadel... started and rushed three times for 19 yards in the win over Clemson.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Timber Creek Regional High in Erial, N.J. in 2011... coached by Robert Hinson... logged more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage as a senior... played in the NUC All-World Bowl in Charleston, S.C., where he caught five passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns, earning offensive MVP honors... as a junior for the Chargers, caught 38 passes for 605 yards and four touchdowns, carried the ball 78 times for 685 yards and eight more scores, and added two punt returns for TDs, earning first-team all-conference and Group III and second-team All-South Jersey... a prep track standout who clocked a 10.42 100-meters, a 21.90 200-meters, and a 47.88 400-meters... won the state indoor 55-meter title as a sophomore in 6.39 seconds... traveled to Japan in February 2011 to compete for the United States... rated a four-star prospect, the sixth-best player in New Jersey, the 19th-best wide receiver in the country and ranked as the 186th-best player in the country by Rivals.com... regarded as a four-star prospect, the 132nd-best player in the country and the 18th-best wide receiver by Scout.com... four-star prospect, the fourth-best player in New Jersey and the 24th-best wide receiver in the nation, according to 247Sports.com... considered a PrepStar All-American... selected South Carolina over Iowa, Ole Miss and Florida.
PERSONAL: Damiere Byrd is a sport and entertainment management major.