South Carolina star tailback Marcus Lattimore is expected to be back to full strength by the time the Cocks open practice later this summer. The Heisman candidate is coming off surgery to repair ligament and cartilage damage to his left knee, an injury that cost Lattimore about half of the 2011 season.
Steve Spurrier said yesterday that he thinks his star should be fine:
“Marcus, again, is about a month or two away from full speed, but he should be 100 percent in August… I watched him during spring practice, he ran on the sideline, ran straight ahead. And I think the month of May, he’s going to start making some cuts and planting and so forth. But from watching him run straight ahead, I don’t think it will be a problem when he starts cutting and juking and jiving and so forth.”
Carolina’s coach also said that Shon Carson — a key backup to Lattimore — is recovering nicely from his own ACL tear last September.