Ask Tori Gurley a question — any question — and the answer invariably comes back to what he can do for the USC football team.
The sophomore wide receiver is big — 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds — but he’s not so big on talking about his skills. He would rather place whatever he can do this season in the context of winning games for the Gamecocks, who open the season Thursday night against Southern Miss at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“Individually, I want to be the best player I can be,” Gurley said. “I’ve dedicated this season to learning more about football and becoming a better special-teams player as well as a better receiver. With that mentality, I feel I can help the team and make a play anytime I’m on the field.”
The former Rock Hill High standout in football and basketball made plenty of plays last season as a redshirt freshman. He played in all 13 games and started five of them, catching 31 passes for 440 yards, a 14.2-yard average. He also caught a pair of touchdown passes, one apiece against Georgia and Clemson.
Those numbers could have been better if not for a little tough luck. In the first two games, Gurley had three touchdown receptions called back because of penalties.