HOOVER, Ala. – Steve Spurrier wasn’t able to say much about freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore because he’s not been allowed to watch him in the voluntary summer workouts, which are off-limits to coaches.
But someone who has attended the 7-on-7 passing drills said the Parade All-American has been as good as advertised.
“He’s a good player. If I were to go out there and see him, I’d think he’d been there for a year or two,” South Carolina fullback/tight end Patrick DiMarco said Thursday during the second day of SEC Media Days. “He’s fitting right in and doing everything everyone’s asking him to do.”
As for Lattimore’s running style, DiMarco said he looks like a combination of several of USC’s returning backs.
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“He has some of the Jarvis Giles quick-twitch. He has size like Brian Maddox. He’s 215 pounds,” DiMarco said. “And he has good hands surprisingly, which we’ve been worried about in our backs the last couple of years. … So hopefully he’ll be a benefit to the team.”
DiMarco and USC linebacker Shaq Wilson said tight end Weslye Saunders has continued working out amidst a NCAA investigation into his role in a South Beach trip allegedly funded by an agent.
“He’s been at every single workout. He hasn’t missed a beat,” DiMarco said. “With all the stuff going on, he’s been at the workouts, practicing and making all his conditioning times and doing everything that’s asked of him. He’s in a tough situation right now. Hopefully it works out for him.”
DE Cliff Matthews came to Columbia as a 230-pound freshman. He enters his final season as a 270-pound senior (re-checked my notes — make that 275 pounds).
Matthews, who has gained about 15 pounds from his 2009 playing weight, said he is eating four sizable meals a day with little regard to fat grams or calories per serving.
“I eat everything,” he said. “But I exercise.”
Matthews said he wanted to get bigger to help get off the blocks of opposing offensive tackles.