Here are some things about Marcus you may not already know. He is my favorite player to have come to U of SC and never thought it possible he would be drafted by my favorite NFL team. I'm sorry if I bore you with the South Carolina or SEC rhetoric, but I thought maybe some of you would like to know more about this guy.
I am still in disbelief that Marcus Lattimore is a 49er! When it comes to football there have been two constants in my life and that is the Gamecocks and 49ers. The 49ers have provided much more excitement with the glorious years of the 80's and 90's. The Gamecocks, not until recently, haven't exactly had glory days like that I experienced watching the 49ers. They haven't come close to the level of what the 49ers did in those great days, in a college perspective.
When Steve Spurrier came to town, he was able to turn the program around, but the man who really made the difference is Marcus Lattimore. I know most of you on the west coast will laugh at some of what I am about to say, but the winning began when Lattimore chose Carolina over Auburn. Before Lattimore, the last time they had won 10 games was 1984 and won 9 games once between then and 2010. Since his arrival they have won 31 games, if not for his concussion in the bowl game against FSU it would be 32. Sadly this program hasn't experienced this type of winning before. Not to mention, this is during the reign of the SEC. In 2011 for the first time they won 11 games and did it again in '12. What I am trying to portray is that Lattimore is a winner. We are getting a winner in this young man. He is a selfless teammate that wants nothing more than to win. In the big games Lattimore carried the team. When he had 20 carries the Gamecocks were 14-0. Lattimore's injuries may cause some of you to question his effect on their overall record since he missed a total of 11 of those games. This leads me to my next bit of incite, his leadership.
His character and leadership have certainly been made apparent. He has definitely been the glue to this team. Spurrier has made it known that this was Lattimore's team. Spurrier has pointed out that he was the player that took the team over the top. Spurrier also stated that Marcus was their best recruiter. He said whenever they had a recruit in town he would make sure they spent time with Marcus. The true reflection of how much he meant to the team was what happened after his latest injury. The entire team and many of the Tennessee players went onto the field. How will all this translate into the NFL? Well, on this team he fits perfectly, as it is obvious HarBaalke want guys that are leaders and hard workers.
If not for his injuries he would have been in the top 5 for the Heisman twice and possibly won it. His injuries have been freak injuries. The first knee injury a player was tackled into him while he was blocking. As a Carolina fan, I thought the ball should have been in his hands, but that's easy to say after the fact. We all have seen the second one. They were not injuries of wear and tear.
He has a lot of work ahead of him to be the player that he truly is. I know that he will do everything in his power to reach that goal. As long as our offensive line can continue their dominance, they are perfect for the running style of Lattimore. All the comparisons to Frank Gore are spot on. I think Lattimore can be a great RB for us to transition to. I get excited to think of the RB lineage of this team- Craig, Waters, Gore, and hopefully Lattimore!
After an amazing Christmas in December, my father-in-law gave me an authentic autographed Marcus Lattimore jersey, Christmas in April was just as good. If you made it through my rambling about South Carolina, thanks for reading!
I look forward to seeing his winning ways continue with this franchise that is set up for years to come.