"My goal is just to play as hard as I can," the 6-foot-6, 277-pouner said. "And just hoping too win the championship, any kind of championship. And just leave a good feeling off the field and on the field and for Penn State."
Latimore injured his wrist midway through the season last year – and missed spring ball because of the same injury.
"Right now I am getting used to contact again," Latimore said of his progress. "And the whole spring, I didn't go through contact. So I am re-learning, and its coming along real well."
So well, Latimore is already back to where he left off.
"I think I am at full speed," Latimore said. "I played in the last scrimmage and I was physical, I think I did well."
But that's only a small part of what Nittany Nation can expect from Latimore this season.
"The fans can expect a better Eric," Latimore said. "A better Eric overall that is more knowledgeable and a better defensive lineman, period, because we have a lot of things that we want to improve on from last year."
Perhaps the biggest focus for Latimore and the rest of the defensive line? Quarterback pressure.
"We are going to try and get after the quarterback," Latimore said. "And get some sacks, because our total was very low last year and we weren't happy with that. And I know coach (Larry) Johnson wasn't happy with that."
He continued, "So we are just going to try and improve and give our secondary some help and pressure the quarterback."