April 23, 2014

Lattimore stands alone at USC for standing in the end zone (AUDIO)

Marcus Lattimore is taking an eraser to the record book

George Rogers has long been regarded as USC’s greatest football player ever.  Hard to argue that when Rogers owns a Heisman Trophy and numerous Gamecock records.

But Rogers’ name was erased from one entry in the  record book Saturday night and replaced by junior Marcus Lattimore.  With his two yard touchdown run late in the first half, Lattimore surpassed Rogers and Harold Green as the Gamecock with the most touchdowns.   And while Rogers played in 46 games and Green 42, Lattimore got to the 34 touchdown plateau in just 23 games.

In typical Lattimore style, the Byrnes produce was humble in talking about the record.

It’s something that I found out like a week ago and it’s a big accomplishment. Just to be mentioned with George Rogers and Harold Green is crazy and I’m glad I broke it [the record].

AUDIO:  Marcus Lattimore talks about TD record [2:55]

It remains to be seen how many more records Lattimore will break.  Certainly he will own the record for rushing touchdowns soon.  He is tied with Rogers and Harold Green with 31.

Lattimore has rushed for 2250 yards in his Gamecock career, 11th best all time and just 17 yards behind #10 Cory Boyd.   He needs 806 more yards to race all the way to second on the all time list behind Rogers who rushed for 5204 yards in his career.

Rogers record would appear to be safe for now, but if Lattimore decides to come back for his senior season,  he would have more than a reasonable chance to catch Rogers.