On Saturday, Marcus Lattimore made his first public showing since the Chick-fil-A Bowl and looked no worse for wear.
The last time most South Carolina fans saw Lattimore is when he was being helped off the field at the Georgia Dome following a brutal hit that caused the first fumble of his career and ended his season in the first quarter of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
“I’m doing pretty good,” said Lattimore, who spent a few hours at an Atlanta hospital getting stitches inside his mouth after the hit. “Working out, I am just so ready for next year. We had a good year, but we are going to have a better year next year I think.”
“I understand I get hurt every now and then, but it was kind of hard just watching that game,” Lattimore said. “But I’ve got three more years here, and I’m going to make the most of it.”
Lattimore finished the season with 1,197 yards, the most by a Gamecock since George Rogers rushed for 1,894 yards in 1980. Lattimore’s 92.08 yards per game left him as the nation’s 31st-leading rusher.
The only players in the SEC to rush for more yards per game than Lattimore were Arkansas’ Knile Davis (101.7) and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton (105.2). Oregon’s LaMichael James led the NCAA in rushing with 144.3 yards per game.