South Carolina Football: Marcus Lattimore, Others Good in Scrimmage

Kevin King@kevin glen kingSenior Analyst IIAugust 12, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 17:  Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney #7 of  the South Carolina Gamecocks chases quarterback Kriss Proctor #2 of Navy Midshipmen September 17, 2011 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Coach Steve Spurrier indicated he was pleased with the effort and overall work during South Carolina's Saturday afternoon scrimmage at Williams Brice-Stadium. The players looked really crisp and overall it was a good scrimmage session—but there was still plenty to do, plenty to work on.

Marcus Lattimore finally got a few real football carries—with defenders tackling—or attempting to. He ran the ball four times for 25 yards (6.3) average. He asked the coaches to let him carry 10 more but they refused.

Spurrier said he would get many more carries when they started to count. There were no reports on any pain, swelling or tightness. In other words, everything is 100 percent good with Lattimore.

Spurrier was also impressed by freshman linebacker Kaiwon Lewis (6'0", 225 lbs) from Hammonton, NJ and this year's South Carolina Mr. Football, WR Shaq Roland, already had the coaches' attention for all the right things.

The words Spurrier used to describe Roland, "very coachable." He said the player stands behind the coaches and watches and learns what they want and then he does just that. Roland had four receptions for 59 yards and one TD. Another receiver with high praise was tight end Jerell Adams, who had two receptions for 66 yards and a TD.

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Other contributions of note:

Leading Quarterbacks: Connor Shaw—5-for-10 for 108 yards, 1 TD, no interceptions,  Andrew Clifford—6-for-9 for 122 yards, 2 TD, no interceptions,  Dylan Thompson—4-for-10 for 52 yards, no TD, 1 interception

Rushing: Brandon Wilds—3 carries for 40 yards, 0 TD,   Marcus Lattimore—4 carries for 25 yards, 0 TD,  Joshuwa Blue—4 carries for 15 yards, 0 TD

Senior placekicker Adam Yates hit a 52-yard field goal early. Also, for the final play of the scrimmage, the coaches had all the players line up and watch as Yates attempted a 42-yard field goal for the day's final play—with just a small twist.

If he connected on the attempt, he earned a full athletic scholarship for the year. He kicked the ball and watched as it sneaked just inside the left uprights and was good! The gathered crowd roared with approval and the scrimmage ended on that note.

Sophomore Jadeveon Clowney missed the practice with a pulled groin and a sore knee. Neither are expected to be serious. There were a couple other tweaks, strains and pulls but no serious injuries were reported.


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