I had a chance to talk to Marcus Lattimore today for a magazine story we are doing this summer about his chances of winning the Heisman, or at least being a serious contender, in 2012.
Lattimore’s reaction was not all what I expected. I thought he’d say something to the effect of, “I’m not even thinking about that.” Instead, he embraced the idea, saying it’s his goal for his sophomore season. We’ll have the full story on that in the upcoming issue of GoGamecocks magazine, which will be out at the end of this month.
While you’re waiting for that, I’ll fill you in on Lattimore’s offseason. The six weeks or so from the end of spring practice until the beginning of June is about the only down time left on a college football player’s schedule these days, and Lattimore said his body is enjoying the break.
“I feel real good, just recovering,” he said. “I feel like I’ll be more physically ready than last year and I’ll be able to sustain all that that I did take last year. My body feels great right now.”For Lattimore, the slow season means he’s only working out four days a week and playing pickup basketball. In fact, he’s played so much hoops lately that he’s dropped six pounds. He currently weighs 228 and said he expects to play in the fall at about 225.
Lattimore will return to campus for the start of the team’s voluntary workouts on June 1 and will attend a summer session, he said.
Like everyone else, Lattimore is ready for the final resolution of the Stephen Garcia situation. Head coach Steve Spurrier has hinted that Garcia will be allowed back on the team, but there’s been no official word.
“I hope he comes back but if he doesn’t, we just have to move on,” Lattimore said. “I’m just ready to see what happens.”
Either way, the Gamecocks will enter the 2012 season with lofty goals, Lattimore said.
“If we take it week by week, we just focus on each team and not look ahead, I think we have the capability to win every game, but it’s going to be hard,” he said. “Our goal is to be on that last stage, the national championship.”