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Marcus Lattimore may not play against Florida

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One of the biggest games for the SEC East division title takes place this Saturday when No. 9 South Carolina visits No. 3 Florida. However, the Gamecocks may have to try to survive the Swamp without its best offensive player, running back Marcus Lattimore.

Steve Spurrier mentioned Wednesday that Lattimore is has a hip injury and may not play against the Gators. Kenny Miles is likely to get the start.

“Marcus Lattimore did not practice again today,” Spurrier said. “I don’t know how to list him. I’m not sure if he’s even going to be able to play. (Jadeveon) Clowney is limited – his foot is bothering him. And of course the defensive tackles, (Kelcy) Quarles, (JT) Surratt and (Byron) Jerideau; Quarles probably won’t play. JT and Jerideau are limited, so we’ve got the freshmen guys, Phillip Dukes and Gerald Dixon (Jr.), ready to go. So we’re sort of banged up a little bit all of a sudden.”

Suffice to say these are inopportune injuries if there ever were some.

Lattimore has 584 yards on the ground this season and 10 touchdowns. He missed roughly half of last year because of a knee injury.

Spurrier also said receivers Ace Sanders and Bruce Ellington have the flu and are questionable to play. Meanwhile, Florida is getting a handful of key players back this week, so things are already looking favorable for the Gators.

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26 Responses to “Marcus Lattimore may not play against Florida”
  1. dee6634 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:04 PM

    You gotta love Spurrier.

    I bet he also said he’s not sure if the plane flying them to Gainesville will make it.

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 17, 2012 9:23 PM

    Spurrier is playing mind games, which he really doesnt need to do v. Moosechops. SC by 10

  3. bcgator02 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:45 PM

    It’s a trap!

  4. goldtoothbiscuits says: Oct 17, 2012 10:42 PM

    Hell, I’d play Clowney at RB.

  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 17, 2012 10:47 PM

    @ Dee

    LO-f’ing L

    You nailed it……

  6. ezwriter69 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:29 PM

    Watched 30 for 30 on Steve McNair, it mentioned that Spurrier would only sign him to play DB, Googled it and Spurrier flatly refused to let him try at quarterback even. Which set me wondering, has Spurrier ever had a black QB? Can’t think of one at Florida, has he had one at USC? Just curious, not trying to start anything.

  7. jag8r904 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:37 PM

    @ezwriter69 Antoine Chiles was a 3rd string back up to Shane Matthews in ’92…other than that not that I can remember.

  8. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 17, 2012 11:46 PM

    Seville Newton.

  9. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 17, 2012 11:47 PM

    My apologies – Seyvelle (sp?) Newton at USC…maybe 3 years ago? Prior to Garcia, I think.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 18, 2012 12:46 AM

    On Saturday in Tiger Stadium, LSU’s OL line, especially Josh put the hurt on Clowney and kept him at bay most of the night. LSU’s defense corralled Lattimore and the entire Gamecock running game for 43?????? yards. I think the hurt some are now feeling was the hurt put on them by the OL and DL of LSU. Smash mouth SEC football.

    Best to Lattimore, Clowney, and the rest of the team for a quick recovery and to be ready for Florida. South Carolina will need them.

  11. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 18, 2012 8:42 AM

    @ezwriter – Not surprised that you would ask such a question. Our President has polarized race relations in this country and set them back at least 2 decades.

    In a color blind world, it wouldn’t matter if Spurrier had ever had a black QB or not.

  12. florida727 says: Oct 18, 2012 9:08 AM

    Spurrier could play someone green or blue at QB and I wouldn’t care. I’ve been a fan of his for years because of the systems he’s run. I’ll set aside my rooting interests for him this week of course, but as “dee” first stated, his reputation has always been to poor-mouth his team’s chances, and the bigger the game, the lengthier the list of reasons he “can’t win”.

    South Carolina will bring their “A” game to The Swamp. Don’t kid yourself, whoever lines up will be a quality athlete giving USC the best chance to prevail. I would never underestimate any team coached by Spurrier. If my Gators are fortunate enough to win, it’ll because they played to their capabilities. If they don’t, the Gamecocks will walk away with the “W” and once again control the SEC East.

    Should be a great game. Was hoping it would be the prime time game, but we’ll have to settle for the 3:30p ET start. If their defense is banged up, I think that’s more critical to their chances than Lattimore being limited. He’ll play though.

  13. superfbfan says: Oct 18, 2012 10:03 AM

    Your right, S. Carolina’s strength is their defense and they’re real banged up right now. Florida is going to pound just like LSU did. Lets face it, Lattimore is not the same player he was before the injury (knee) and with a hip injury he will be ineffective. C. Shaw is their main weapon. Florida wins a close/ugly game.

  14. blitz4848 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:10 AM

    The 3:30 game may be even better this week. Most fans will watch USC-Florida as there aren’t any other really good games on at 3:30!!!

    The Ole Ball Coach listed 28 players as sick or hurt in his press conference on Wednesday.
    My guess is he will have almost all available and ready to pull out all the stops because the loser of this game is all but OUT of the SEC EAST race.

    The most seriously hurt is Kelsey Quarles and even he is still a possibility. That is why Sputtier hasn’t announced Quarles discipline YET!!! If he is injured he undoubtedly will suspend him for this game and be done with that problem.

  15. texasbornlsufan says: Oct 18, 2012 10:31 AM

    Took a physical pounding at Death Valley last Saturday!!!! Your welcome Gators!!!!!

  16. gatorguru says: Oct 18, 2012 11:29 AM

    We gotta throw it to win this week.Not 40 times,but efficiently.Weakest group of wr’s at UF in a long time.

  17. pb420 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:13 PM


    I agree that we must throw it this week to win this game but disagree that it’s the weakest group or WR’s. Don’t forget that there wasn’t a clear starting QB going into the season and it’s taken time for the passing offense to gel. I’ve seen some great moments and the talent is there. Here’s to hoping the passing game improves by leaps and bounds starting this Sat. We will need for it to happen in order to get this win. Hoping for a great game with no injuries to either side. Go Gators!!!

  18. mshassen2015 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:28 PM

    Not so fast …..just to big of a game for him to miss!!! dont believe it the talk!!!! win with the run die with the run….. This is a smash mouth football team. we just have to catch it when it is thrown. We cant have sacks so most passes will be quickies.. these two teams it all about turn overs and field posision..

  19. mshassen2015 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:29 PM

    Go Gators…

  20. mrslay1 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:49 PM

    Looks like once again Florida gets lucky with the other team being banged up where it hurts them the most. A running team like LSU and their OL being in shambles when they played Florida. Now USC missing their best back, Ace as return man and WR and the DL in general. USC did not have much of a chance when they put the schedules out. It is a shame but that’s life in the SEC. I have always liked Florida but luck is in their favor this year.

  21. mshassen2015 says: Oct 18, 2012 3:13 PM

    mrslay1 get ur facts straight Florida’s two of their top linebackers have missed most the season, one the whole season, 2 of their best defense line men have missed some time also… Safety offense linemen really your just clueless

  22. Deb says: Oct 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    That would be a shame if it were true, given the knee injury that took him out most of last season. Then again … I wouldn’t take bets that it’s true. What will we do for entertainment once Spurrier retires?

  23. woebegong says: Oct 19, 2012 8:00 AM

    Having Lattimore injured yet again, raises a couple of question for me.
    1. Is Spurrier using him too much in a game?
    2. Was he fully ready to go when the seaso0n started?
    3. Is he maybe not durable enough to make a big impact in the NFL, because he gets injured a lot, and may not be a every down back in the NFL?
    I hope the young man is not injured too much because he is fun to watch, unless he is playing your team. I am also wandering how effective Shaw’s game will be if Lattimore doesn’t play. Does S.C. have a back up that can at least carry part of the load if Lattimore sits?

  24. southernpatriots says: Oct 19, 2012 11:53 PM

    The LSU defense kept the vaunted South Carolina offense, led by Lattimore to 34 yards. Lattimore was stopped and often stuffed. This defense brought various injuries to numerous Gamecock OL, RBs. etc. They will need all they can get well to go against the Florida Gators.

    Expect the Gators will win going away…florida727, my friend, be ready to see a strong Gator defense and growing offense.

    Be to all players playing this week to avoid major injuries.

    Geaux Tigers!

  25. fanz928 says: Oct 28, 2012 6:07 AM

    The one guy who tackled him went straight for his knees that dude is on a bounty

  26. woebegong says: Oct 28, 2012 8:45 AM


    I think that is about the poorest statement I have seen a fan make on these blogs in a long time. He went to take Lattimore down by hitting him low, exactly the way a secondary player is taught to do. Injuries happen in football. It is a brutal sport but to make such a stupid statement as you just made, shows me that you lack very little skill in evaluating a play or a game.

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