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Grace Fisk

Two former South Carolina athletes signed contracts with professional teams on Monday.

Kicker Elliott Fry (2013-16) signed a reserve futures contract with the Carolina Panthers, meaning he will be on the team’s roster when the new NFL league year begins in March 2020. Recent Gamecock women’s soccer graduate Grace Fisk, a first-team All American this past season and a three-time SEC Defender of the Year, signed with West Ham United of the Women’s Super League, the women’s soccer equivalent of the elite English Premier League.

Fry played four seasons at South Carolina and became the football program’s all-time leading scorer, with 359 points. He was a 75 percent field goal kicker with 66 makes in 88 tries and missed just one career extra point (161 of 162).

The reserve futures contract allows teams to start signing players for training camp once the regular season ends.

Fry spent time with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens during training camp this year but did not kick with any team during the regular season. He also spent time with the Orlando Apollos in the Alliance of American Football. The St. Louis Battlehawks of the upstart XFL drafted Fry in September but he never signed.

"I am so excited to join West Ham United" Fisk said in a release. "Once I came and had a look at the set up here, I know straight away that [West Ham] was where I would want to come and play."

The team, headquartered in London, England, is about halfway through their 2019-20 season and hold a record of 3-5-1 and sit in eighth place with 10 points. Fisk will become the first Gamecock to play in the FA Women's Super League.

"Grace is a player who I've watched and tracked since my time with Boston Breakers and I am delighted she has decided to join us at West Ham," West Ham head coach Matt Beard said. "She is a young, very talented defender with a maturity far beyond her years and she is already recognized within the England set up, such is her ability."

Fisk was the anchor of the Gamecocks back line in 2019 that led the country with 17 clean sheets along with setting the single-season program record. The 0.32 goals against average was the best in program history and the second best in the country.

Fisk also contributed in two major wins for the Gamecocks during the season, highlighted by her game-winning goal against Kansas to help Carolina advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in four years.

Fisk has had plenty of work in England's soccer system. She played for Millwall Lionesses FC during her youth career and has been a member of England's women's national teams at the U15, U17, U18, U19 and U20 levels as well as participating in camps at every level including the full senior national team. Fisk even captained the U20 squad who captured a bronze medal at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in 2018.