Third-year sophomore wide receiver... has excellent size and decent hands... spent the spring learning to play the slot receiver position after working on the outside previously... enters the fall listed with the first team unit... has made five career starts.
2009: Ranked fourth on the team with 31 catches and third on the squad with 440 receiving yards as a redshirt freshman... scored a pair of touchdowns... played in all 13 games, making five starts... earned the start and caught four passes for 34 yards in his collegiate debut at NC State... had three touchdown catches called back due to penalty in the first two games of the season... caught his first career touchdown pass, a six-yard strike, from Stephen Garcia at Georgia... caught four passes for 100 yards in the win over FAU including a career-long 44-yarder... had four catches for 60 yards against Ole Miss... caught three passes for 62 yards in the win over Vanderbilt, including a one-handed 43-yard grab with the Gamecocks on their own one-yard line... caught four passes for 50 yards against Tennessee... caught two passes for 50 yards, including a 14-yard TD against Clemson... named the Most Improved Wide Receiver following spring drills in 2009.
2008: Redshirted as a true freshman... spent the season with the scout team... listed on the roster as Tori Childers.
2007: Attended New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire where he played both football and basketball... caught 40 passes for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns in his one year at New Hampton, and averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds a game in basketball... turned down offers from North Carolina and Tennessee.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Rock Hill (S.C.) High School in 2006... led the Bearcats to a state championship on both the gridiron and the hardwood during his senior year... originally committed to North Carolina to play football and basketball.
PERSONAL: Tori Gurley was born November 22, 1987... is a psychology major... is the son of the late Norris Gurley and Tonja Childers... originally came to South Carolina under the surname Childers, but changed his name to honor his father, who was 42 when he died in a car accident in Las Vegas on Mother's Day in 2008... his father played basketball at Virginia Tech where he roomed with Dell Curry.