PLAYERS TO WATCH: USC at Clemson

Lattimore, Garcia and Matthews highlight our list from South Carolina - what the Tigers?


Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore has already gone over 1,000 yards this season. (Getty Images)
RB Marcus Lattimore -- Coach Steve Spurrier has hitched his team's wagon to the talented freshman, now calling his squad a running team. That is an amazing statement from the creator of the "Fun N Gun" attack. When Lattimore has been on his game, it has been impossible to stop the Gamecocks.

QB Stephen Garcia -- After being the butt of constant criticism from his coach, the redshirt junior has played so well that even Steve Spurrier has taken notice. He admits his quarterback has done everything that has been asked. If Clemson is able to establish consistent pressure with its front four, Garcia can't make poor decisions with the football if the Gamecocks are going to win on the road.

DE Cliff Matthews -- Although he struggled much of the season, the senior captain has come on strong since getting the medical clearance to remove a shoulder sling that stunted his performance. Probably no player wants to defeat Clemson more than this in-state performer. Can he get pressure against a Clemson offensive line that has been ultra-stingy in giving up sacks this season?




How Marcus Gilchrist handles 1-on-1 situations with Alshon Jeffrey and co. will be huge Saturday night. (Roy Philpott)
CB Marcus Gilchrist -- The senior cornerback will be matched up with South Carolina standout Alshon Jeffery plenty on Saturday, and the battles could be interesting. The rangy Jeffery is 6-foot-4; Gilchrist is only 5-11, but he is one of the best athletes Clemson has in the secondary.

DE Da'Quan Bowers -- Bowers has plenty of incentive this week -- he's playing his arch-rival and he needs to just one sack to break Clemson's single-season record. "It would be a great achievement to break the sack record here, at Clemson, in a night game against our rival," Bowers said.

QB Kyle Parker -- If South Carolina has shown a weakness, it's in the secondary. Parker has been playing well recently, and if he musters a performance similar to last Saturday's, when he completed 15 of 17 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, the Tigers stand a much better chance of knocking off the 18th-ranked Gamecocks.

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