Marcus Lattimore Unlikely To Play vs. Florida

By Patrick Schmidt

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore may not play Saturday when the Gamecocks travel to Gainesville to take on #2 Florida according to Steve Spurrier because of a hip injury.

Kenny Miles would get the start if Lattimore is unable to give it a go.  Losing Lattimore is the last thing the Gamecocks needed to hear after their first loss of the season to LSU last Saturday.

Miles has 27 carries, 100 yards, and one touchdown while serving as the primary backup to Lattimore, who leads the team with 584 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He has scored in every game this season and had three games where he eclipsed the century mark for rushing yards.

The potential upset bid takes a severe hit without the team’s biggest offensive weapon that had been rounding back into health following his ACL tear of a season ago.

The Gamecocks went 5-1 after his injury in 2011, but I do not think the South Carolina team should be feeling all that cocky this time.

A senior from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Miles has his work cut out for him against a stout Florida defense ranks sixth nationally in points allowed per game at 12.3.

With the absence of Lattimore the game plan radically shifts with just three days until kickoff.  Connor Shaw will be counted on heavily to direct an offense without its best offensive talent against a talented defense the game of the week in the SEC now has lost a lot of its luster.

With Lattimore I thought Florida was still the favorite to win, but now that Lattimore is unlikely to suit up, this game has the potential to get ugly.

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