USC defensive star Taylor will return for senior season

For the Gamecocks’ 2012 football team, one out of three ain’t bad.

After junior stars Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore announced last week that they are entering the NFL draft, South Carolina junior defensive end Devin Taylor announced Monday that he will return for his senior season.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7, 260-pounder from Beaufort, started all 13 games for the Gamecocks in 2011, finishing the season with 42 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks.

“I still have some things I’d like to accomplish at Carolina before I go on to the next level,” said Taylor.

Taylor has made 32 career starts over the past three seasons, with 116 tackles including 27.0 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. He was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2010 after logging 13.0 tackles for loss including 7.5 sacks.

During Taylor’s three seasons at Carolina, the Gamecocks have posted 27 wins, including a school-record 11-win campaign in 2011.

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