September 10, 2011; Athens, GA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore (21) runs with the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Sanford Stadium. South Carolina defeated Georgia 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
With college football kicking-off this week, we thought we’d look at the best player and draft prospect that took the field on opening night; South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore.
Through the past few seasons the Bengals have had a 1,000 yard rusher in the backfield. Cedric Benson has ran for 1,000 each of the last 3 seasons for the Bengals, which looks pretty good until you look at his ypc which were 4.2, 3.9, and 3.5. He also only scored 19 TD’s over that 3 year period, while many other RB’s in the NFL were scoring almost that many in 1 season. Benson also didn’t add much out of the backfield as a receiving threat.
Now bring Marcus Lattimore into the picture. He is a bruising running back who doesn’t have great speed, but isn’t slow. He has very good vision out of the backfield and surprising agility. He knows how to hit the hole quickly and get into the second level of a defense, and is being compared by many to Arian Foster.
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