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Is Antwane Wells Jr. College Football's Next Superstar?





It took only two games for everyone to realize that he was not your average transfer.


In Week two of the 2022 season, the South Carolina Gamecocks were already facing one of their toughest tests in the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks. For Wells Jr., he was about to get a taste of what the competition was like in college football's premier conference.


Yet, it was seemingly the type of game the transfer out of James Madison was built to handle; eight receptions and 189 yards later, it was the Razorbacks defense that had little to no answers in stopping him.


Some receivers have speed, some have size and strength, and some are great runners; Wells Jr. happens to be all three. In the process, he emerged as the team's more productive offensive player while making history by cracking the school’s all-time single-season list in both receptions and receiving yards last season. If one were to ask Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler, he may tell you that Wells Jr. helped rejuvenate his career as he became his favorite target.


Against the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers, the Gamecocks exploded offensively and beat them thoroughly, 63-38. Wells Jr. was virtually unstoppable, finishing the game with 11 receptions for 177 yards. The following week, against the No. 8 Clemson Tigers, he would register 131 yards on just nine receptions and two touchdowns in their win. In the biggest stages, against the best the nation had to offer, Wells Jr. made elite performances look routine.

Sadly for teams in the SEC, Wells Jr. elected to stay another year instead of declaring for this year's NFL Draft. For the Gamecocks, it means another year of watching their transcendent player help take their program to new heights. As for Wells Jr. himself, he may no longer be college football's best kept secret, but knowing him, it likely will not stop him from shining.


 

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