Do you remember fall camp of 2012? Do you remember the question that was asked over and over and over?
“Who’s going to replace Alshon Jeffery?” We asked Steve Spurrier. We asked Steve Spurrier Jr. We asked each remaining wide receiver at least twice each.
So why is no one asking, “Who’s going to replace Marcus Lattimore?” this year?
Jeffery was, and is now with the Chicago Bears, a fantastic player and a unique talent, but he had nowhere near the overall impact on South Carolina’s football program that Lattimore did.
I understand that South Carolina has practiced answering that question each of the last two seasons due to knee injuries suffered by Lattimore during those seasons. I know the Gamecocks were 9-1 in the last two seasons without Lattimore.
Part of the answer probably is that South Carolina fans have seen Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds perform at a high level, and Saturday’s impressive scrimmage showing by all the Gamecock tailbacks showed the running game still has players who can move the ball.
Ace Sanders ended up being the answer to “Who’s going to replace Alshon Jeffery?”, although Sanders did it in a very different way than Jeffery. Whoever, or whatever combination of players, replaces Lattimore will likewise do it in their own way rather than carbon copy the original.
Still, I wonder why we haven’t heard the question more.