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Lattimore Returning to South Carolina Starting Lineup

Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Junior running back Marcus Lattimore will be back in the starting lineup on Saturday when the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Tennessee Volunteers. Lattimore was still nursing a bruised hip last week as South Carolina suffered. In last week’s 44-11 loss to the Florida Gators, following a brief appearance that included only three carries, which he took for 13 total yards. Lattimore  will return to the starting lineup on Saturday when South Carolina entertains Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

As a true freshman in 2010, Lattimore led the Gamecocks in rushing with 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns via 249 carries. The versatile Lattimore also reeled in 29 receptions for 412 yards and two touchdowns en route to garnering multiple All-American nods.

Lattimore was a Heisman Trophy candidate last season before a knee injury cut his season short. Then a sophomore, Lattimore exited the 2011 season with 818 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground through 163 carries. He also hauled in 19 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown in his second season for the Gamecocks.

Lattimore’s knee injury from the 2011 season spilled over into spring 2012. But Lattimore has bounced back from the setback. Heading into the 2012 season, Lattimore already had 2,1015 rushing yards, which at the time ranked him 14th in school history. He was tied for third with 27 rushing touchdowns and third with 30 touchdowns scored.

Lattimore’s numbers are down but he continues to lead the South Carolina rushing attack. In eight games, Lattimore has rushed 132 times for 597 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Showcasing his versatility, Lattimore has grabbed a team-high 24 catches for 165 yards this season.

South Carolina has suffered back-to-back losses, falling to the LSU Tigers prior to losing to Florida last week. Having a productive Marcus Lattimore in the lineup is pivotal as the Gamecocks look to fend off Tennessee and prevent a third straight loss.