Marcus Lattimore: Why South Carolina RB Can Run Away With Heisman Trophy

Graham KellyCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2011

Marcus Lattimore: Why South Carolina RB Can Run Away With Heisman Trophy

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    South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has taken the SEC by storm since arriving in Columbia last year as a true freshman.

    Lattimore is expected to be the focal point of a special season for the Gamecocks. Thus far, the sophomore has more than lived to expectations with monster games against Navy and Georgia.

    Lattimore is starting to generate some Heisman buzz. Here are five reasons why the sophomore sensation might find himself at the Best Buy Theater in New York City in December. 

He Is a Monster

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    Marcus Lattimore arrived on the South Carolina campus as a true freshman, one of the most athletic specimens in the country.

    Now he is a year older with a year of college level strength and conditioning under his belt and it has showed. Marcus is now listed at 6'1'" 232 pounds.

    He added nothing but muscle in the off-season and it shows, Marcus didn't only get bigger but he got faster as well. 


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    The Heisman Trophy is as much a political game as it is about how good the player is. How good a player's team is, how strong his level of competition and what region of the country he is from are all things considered by voters.

    Lattimore is lucky enough that he is currently on a Top-15 team with eyes on at least a SEC Championship.

    The running back will be on national TV, due to the SEC's TV deals, almost every week allowing all the voters across the country to get their chance to view Lattimore. 


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    South Carolina has an incredible schedule.

    They don't play LSU or Alabama this season, unless they run into one of them in the SEC Championship game. The Gamecocks don't even play a strong defense until November, 12 when the Florida Gators come calling to Williams-Brice stadium.

    After the Florida game, South Carolina coasts to end the season with games against the Citadel and in-state rival Clemson, who was last seen letting Michael Dyer gash them for over 150 yards.

    Lattimore should be able to go for at least 100 yards every single game. His stats will certainly look the part of a Heisman Trophy winner. 

Supporting Cast

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    South Carolina is a very talented team. Its offense is much more than a one-trick pony.

    It has a fifth-year senior at quarterback and a future NFL wide receiver in Alshon Jeffery.

    The passing combination of Stephen Garcia and Jeffery will prevent SEC defenses from loading up the box to try and slow down Lattimore.

    There does not appear to be anyway an average defense will be able to slow down the South Carolina attack. 


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    Every Heisman Trophy winner since 2000 has been a quarterback except one, a fellow SEC running back, Mark Ingram.

    Ingram, won the award as a sophomore as the workhorse back for a national championship contender, just like Lattimore is.

    Ingram rushed for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns his sophomore year. Through only 3 games Lattimore has 534 yards and 7 touchdowns. On pace for 2136 yards and 28 touchdowns.

    Looks like a Heisman winner to me.