Just a day after telling you that South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier was talking about giving running back Marcus Lattimore a bigger workload this weekend against Florida, the word out of Columbia now is that the Gamecock star might not even start in Gainesville.
Lattimore bruised his hip last Saturday at LSU. Spurrier said he was “running around OK” at Monday’s practice. But the Ol’ Ball Coach held Lattimore out of Wednesday’s practice altogether.
“It’s not surgery type things,” the coach told the Associated Press. “It appears it’s something that’ll be fine in a week or so.”
If Lattimore doesn’t start against Florida — or if he doesn’t play at all — Spurrier said backups Kenny Miles and Mike Davis would get more carries.
Lattimore is the SEC’s sixth-leading rusher at 83 yards per game. But he does lead the league in carries (129) and is tied with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for the league lead in rushing touchdowns (10).
In Carolina’s six wins, Lattmore has rushed 116 times for 549 yards and a 4.73 yards-per-carry average. In the Cocks’ lone loss last week in Baton Rouge, Lattimore got just 13 rushes for 35 yards (2.69 average) against the Tigers’ defense.