He only carried the ball seven times Saturday but that was enough to earn USC running back Marcus Lattimore SEC freshman of the week honors. The Byrnes High School product gained 107 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Gamecocks’ 69-24 win over Troy.
Lattimore’s three touchdowns give him 19 on the season. He is one shy of the SEC freshman record set by Tennessee’s Reggie Cobb in 1987.
Lattimore also topped the 1,000 yard rushing mark Saturday. He’s the first Gamecock top hit that mark since Derek Watson in the 2000 season. He has 1,066 yards this season, which is the sixth best total for a freshman in SEC history.
I know there were some people that laughed a bit when I said last week that Lattimore could be one of the finalist for this year’s Heisman trophy. His game Saturday keeps that possibilty very much in play.
Lattimore and the Gamecocks will play at Clemson Saturday night at 7:00.