COLUMBIA – Linebacker Marcquis Roberts is the latest South Carolina football player to transfer, according to various media reports.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Powder Springs, Georgia native played in all 13 USC games last season, starting five. He finished with 31 tackles and two pass breakups.
Although he has been in the program for four years, he sat out the first two with injuries.
He started nine games in 2013. He finished with 48 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. He also forced a fumble.
Roberts has two years of eligibility remaining.
He is the eighth Gamecock player to leave the program since the end of the season, following wide receivers Shaq Roland and K.J. Brent, linebacker Kaiwan Lewis, defensive end Mason Harris, fullback Gerald Turner, defensive tackle Deon Green and offensive/defensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers.
USC coach Steve Spurrier hinted several players would be leaving the program a few days after the Gamecocks defeated Miami in the Independence Bowl.
Roberts saw his playing time decrease late in the season when the South Carolina coaches opted to go with sophomores Skai Moore and Jonathan Walton as the starters at linebacker.
The duo played almost exclusively after being named the starters.