Auburn is preparing to face the top running back in the SEC. South Carolina sophomore Marcus Lattimore has 611 yards and eight touchdowns through the Gamecocks first four games.
And, he’s been Steve Spurrier’s closer, getting the ball again and again at the end of games too salt away South Carolina wins.
Auburn knows a thing or two about Lattimore. The Tigers heavily recruited Lattimore out of high school, with the Duncan, SC native eventually picking the Gamecocks in 2010.
The Tigers faced him twice last season, holding Lattimore in check, first on the Plains, then in Atlanta at the SEC Championship Game. However, they know doing so a third time will their toughest task yet.
"He's everything that we saw he was coming out of high school,” Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik said. “He's explosive, he's quick, he's fast, he's got great vision. He really does a great job of cutting the ball back and seeing things that a lot of running backs can't see, and then he can get there in a hurry."
Auburn will have its hands full this weekend. The Tigers are last in the SEC in total defense, scoring defense, and worst of all, rushing defense, allowing more than 226 yards per game on the ground.
Kickoff on Saturday is set for 2:30 p.m. on WTVY.