Tailback Marcus Lattimore hopes to be able to play Saturday against Vanderbilt but expects a limited role even if he does make it on the field, he said after Wednesday’s practice.
Lattimore, the SEC’s fifth-leading rusher with 89.7 yards per game, sprained his left ankle in last week’s loss to Kentucky. He returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since his injury but only to go through drills. Lattimore jogged, worked on his cutting in a cone drill, sprinted and backpedaled.
“It was alright, felt good,” he said. “I’m definitely way ahead of where I thought I would be. I feel about 80 percent, 85 percent. It depends on how I feel Saturday, but I want to play.”
Lattimore has never missed a football game due to injury, he said.
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The No. 19 Gamecocks will plan to be without him but would be happy to have him back if he is able, running backs coach Jay Graham said.
“I don’t know if it’s ahead of schedule, (but) he is feeling better every day,” Graham said.
South Carolina still expects to start sophomore Kenny Miles at tailback, Graham said.