Tag:Marcus Lattimore
Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:49 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:52 am

Georgia DC fires back after Spurrier comment

Posted by Chip Patterson

Earlier this week, we saw South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier take a jab at the Georgia defense in reagards to their attempt to stop freshman running back Marcus Lattimore, who totaled 182 yards and two touchdowns in the 17-6 victory.  Ol' Ball Coach has been known to yap a little, particularly when he has a good team to back it up, but this was early in the season for such a jab at Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“When you have a back like Marcus [Lattimore] and the linemen opened cracks, I’m sure that Georgia defensive coordinator [became frustrated],” Spurrier said. “That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme, I guess.

“I’m sure they knew we’d run it, but they certainly didn’t stop it much.”

Grantham, who spent the last 11 seasons in the NFL, was certainly not going to sit back and have his coaching questioned by Spurrier.  If there is one thing that Spurrier probably should not have brought up was experience in the league.  After all, Spurrier does not have much room to talk when that topic is brought up, which leads us to Grantham's comeback.

“Yeah, that was texted to me,” Grantham replied with a grin. “I appreciate his assistance, you know. But we actually knew what plays they were running. And they actually run that play in pro ball, and our offense actually runs that play, too. So we’re kind of on top of our game.

“It was kind of an out-of-left-field comment,” Grantham added. “I kind of took it more as a shot at the NFL. I really wasn’t sure if it was because of his lack of success there or what. So I kind of took it more like that than anything.”
(Ooooohhh! Let's take this out back! Five o'clock at the willow tree!

Grantham was sharp to make a reference to Spurrier's failed experiment with the Washington Redskins.  His 12-20 record in two seasons that included no playoff visits and a failed Danny Weurffel experiment before resigning and returning to the college game.  Fans of the NFL would suggest that Spurrier couldn't handle the professional ranks, and most of the writing on the wall would support their argument.  

Regardless, it is always fun to see these coaches spit some fire at each other.  The kind of smack talk that elevates rivalries to new levels.  Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Gamecocks picked up the W already and, unless the Georgia can knock off No. 12 Arkansas on Saturday, a jump ahead towards the SEC East crown.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:55 am

Steve Spurrier's getting cocky

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before the season started there were a log of prognosticators wondering if this would finally be the year in which Steve Spurrier 's South Carolina Gamecocks finally took that step to becoming a legit contender in the SEC.  Well, following the first two weeks of action, it looks like the preseason hype wasn't that far off.

After an opening night victory against Southern Miss the Gamecocks passed an even bigger test by handling Georgia with relative ease on Saturday, and it doesn't seem to be hurting Spurrier's self esteem any.  The man has always had a large ego, but these wins only seem to be making it bigger.  Following yesterday's win Spurrier said that Mark Richt told him that he had a "heck of a team" and that it was the first time another coach had told him that at South Carolina.

All fuel for the Spurrier fire, and he used his newfound heat to burn Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham during his postgame press conference .

“When you have a back like Marcus [Lattimore] and the linemen opened cracks, I’m sure that Georgia defensive coordinator [became frustrated],” Spurrier said. “That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme, I guess.

“I’m sure they knew we’d run it, but they certainly didn’t stop it much.”

Grantham had been a long-time assistant in the NFL before joining Richt's staff this season.

In his defense, I'm not sure there are many defenses around the country who are going to be able to stop Marcus Lattimore .  The kid may only be a freshman, but he's a man .  A very big man who is going to punish SEC defenses for quite some time.

Then there likely won't be many NFL defensive coordinators who can slow him down when he moves to the next level.

As for Spurrier, I hope the Gamecocks keep winning because the more they do, the better Spurrier's press conferences are going to get.

Posted on: September 11, 2010 3:51 pm

Marcus Lattimore has MONSTER day against UGA

Posted by Chip Patterson

We've all had our fun poking at ESPN for dubbing this "Monster Weekend" in college football.  

Probably because we weren't expecting the kind of day that South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore was going to have in the Gamecocks' 17-6 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.  When the true freshman running back picked up 48 yards on the ground for South Carolina's opening drive, even Steve Spurrier couldn't stop feeding him the rock.

By the time the game was done, Lattimore had gathered 182 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.  When he wasn't utilizing his field vision to dart through gaps up the field, Lattimore used his strength and determination to bowl over the Georgia defense.  Lattimore bounced off defenders and kept his legs churning to extend the play while it often took several defenders to finally bring him down.

Having Lattimore in the backfield has also helped take some pressure of quarterback Stephen Garcia.  The senior signal-caller was given the time to connect with speedy wide receiver Alshon Jeffery seven times for 107 yards.  The defense did their part as well, holding the Bulldogs out of the end zone the entire game.  Georgia put up 55 points against Louisiana-Lafayette, but freshman quarterback Aaron Murray had a much different opponent on Saturday, and it was a learning experience.

Of course, Murray would have more than benefited from having A.J. Green out there, who remained sidelined for the second of four games afte receiving his ruling from the NCAA on his memorabilia infractions.        
Posted on: September 11, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 1:34 pm

RB's star as South Carolina leads Georgia 14-3

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Florida struggling against USF in the Swamp, the SEC division showdown between South Carolina and Georgia has taken on new importance.  We have wondered who, if anyone, would knock the Gators off their throne as kings of the SEC East.  Consider it premature, but the winner of Georgia and South Carolina will quickly place themselves in that discussion.

At half, South Carolina is leading Georgia 14-3 in a physical battle that has highlighted the talents of running backs Marcus Lattimore and Washan Ealey.  Lattimore has been an absolute monster for South Carolina, rushing 21 times for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  He showed flashes of his ability in their opener against Southern Miss, but this first half performance has been outstanding.  Interesting that what looks to be one of Steve Spurrier's best teams at South Carolina is led by a running back.  While Ealey has certainly been outdone in the first half, he has been solid on the ground for the Dawgs, rushing 11 times for 47 yards.
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