The return of Marcus Lattimore was highly anticipated for Gamecock Nation in the season-opener against Vanderbilt.
It's safe to say that his return went about what you would expect from a healthy Marcus Lattimore.
The junior from Duncan, South Carolina ran the ball 23 times for 110 yards and scored two touchdowns. He was also the Gamecocks' leading receiver with three catches for 21 yards however things didn't start off so well as Lattimore fumbled on his first carry of the game. Coach Sands said Lattimore started off really slow but got better as the game went on.
"I wasn't really happy with his first carry. If I take the first carry out of there, he did pretty good."
Lattimore seemed to gain confidence and perform at a higher level according to Coach Sands.
"This game right here was probably the pinnacle to the scrimmages. With each scrimmage, he got confident but only had 6 or 7 carries at most in the scrimmages. Now after getting tackled time and time again, you can see as the game was going on, he got more and more confident. I think he's in a good mindset."
In regards to Lattimore's health, Coach Sands said that Lattimore was sore on Friday but as the week has gone by, he's been fine and ready to go.
As far as the rest of the running backs, Kenny Miles had a bruise on his knee in the Vanderbilt game but he's expected to be fine and will play on Saturday. Brandon Wilds wore a yellow jersey in practice Wednesday evening so he didn't participate in the full practice but did spend some time running around at practice. He's currently day-to-day.
Shon Carson is still out and they are waiting on more information from the doctors on his wrist surgery.
Freshman Mike Davis is still currently the third-string running back for the Gamecocks but there is a chance you could see more from Davis starting with this weekend. Coach Sands did say he needs to have his mindset ready to play.
Davis could see time on special teams and would likely see more time in the rotation now that his redshirt has been removed for this season.
Fullback Qua Gilchrist is a guy Everette Sands would like to see some more consistency. He understands that he recently switched from linebacker to the fullback position so he still is learning the position. He thinks its coming for Gilchrist. He is considered the likely starter on Saturday at fullback.
The depth chart for the Gamecocks remains the same this week with Marcus Lattimore as the starter, Kenny Miles as the number two back and Mike Davis as the number three running back.
South Carolina hopes for a similar performance this Saturday against East Carolina like last year when they ran for 220 yards on 40 carries with five touchdowns.
Coach Sands has the star power in this group to do it.
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