Posted by Chip Patterson
Marcus Lattimore is a measty (man+beast) individual with very focused goals on demolishing anything that stands in his way. His running style is a perfectly blissful combination of evasion and force, he can accelerate through closing gaps or bounce off defenders like a pinball. He has been a crucial piece of the Gamecocks' success, but the health of the true freshman became a concern after missing South Carolina's 21-7 victory over Vanderbilt while nursing a sprained ankle he suffered in the loss to Kentucky. South Carolina welcomes Tennessee to Columbia on Saturday, with the Volunteers still searching for their first conference win. Unfortunately for Derek Dooley's squad, Lattimore appears to have the green light to unleash hell on earth.
Lattimore said after practice Wednesday that he feels "100 percent." He is anxious after watching backup Brian Maddox rush for a career high 146 yards against the Commodores, a game that Lattimore feels he could have suited up for, but as starting quarterback Stephen Garcia pointed out Lattimore can be just as dangerous catching passes out of the backfield. With so much attention on the wide receivers downfield, Lattimore can catch balls in open space and use his running ability to break a big play. Against Kentucky, Lattimore racked up 133 yards receiving, including a 47 yard reception for a touchdown.
So Lattimore is healthy, and has all of his weapons fine tuned to help the Gamecocks make a run at the SEC Championship. I suggest that the remaining opponents of the Gamecocks hide y-...well, you get the idea.