USC running back Marcus Lattimore was one of the players to take to the podium Tuesday to talk about Saturday night’s battle with Florida. The Gamecocks will need a strong game out of the freshman out of Byrnes High School if they want to grab their first ever win in the Swamp.
The Gamecock defensive unit has been a sore spot the past few weeks. The secondary has been the biggest issue although the defensive line had one of its worst games last week against Arkansas. Defensive tackle Travian Robertson says the defense is ready for the challenge against the Gators Saturday night.
The Gators offense has scored 89 points in the past two games and has looked much better since wide receiver Chris Rainey returned from an early season suspension. The Gamecock linebackers , including Rodney Paulk, will have to tackle well and do a good job covering the underneath passes.
The Gators have a trio of quarterbacks. John Brantley is their man guy. He’s a prototypical pocket passer. Trey Burton and Jordan Reed also take snaps at quarterback and both of them are dual threat players. The Gamecock defense will have to prepare for all three.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 7:15 on ESPN. Florida is a 6 1/2 point favorite.