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Not by Marcus himself but by fate, or the circumstances, I guess. I mean, we all went bananas when he pulled that Gamecock hat out of the bag in his church with Stephen Davis nearly three years ago. They played Sandstorm in the church. Then we anticipated him playing in his first game, the NCAA thing went down where moments before that game we didn't know if he'd be allowed to play. He played and scored his first Gamecock TD. I remember on that run he planted and made a 90 degree cut without ever putting his second foot on the ground. I watched that run about 15 times on DVR. That first season was special with over 1,100 rushing yards, freshman records. Little did we know that would be the only full season we'd get to see him play and he only made it through a few minutes of the bowl game that year. The next year he had 818 yards and 11 TDs through 6 3/4 games, on pace for 1,500+ and 18+ TDs before it ended in Starkville. Then this year after starting slowly (for him) and rounding back into form, just when he got rolling he had the hip problem and then it happened again against UT.
Now, it's over. Hard to believe. I'm very happy Marcus is going and I hope he accomplishes everything he ever dreamed of in the NFL. I hope he plays injury free for the rest of his career because he certainly deserves it. But part of me selfishly feels cheated that we only got to see him in garnet and black 29 times. I never thought he'd be here his senior year but I thought we'd see him play at least 10 more games, break all our records and I thought we'd see him win our first SECCG. Our schedule and his injuries conspired against that.
I know it's useless thinking about these things but it's just hard to believe it's over in Columbia for #21. While it wasn't what it could have been it was much more in ways we never thought it would be. Good luck to Marcus.
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I was in the bathroom when Marcus went down against UT, so the last carry I ever saw from Marcus in a Gamecock uniform live and in person was that beautiful TD run. I am very thankful for that.
But yes, I get what you were saying. Yet he has positively impacted this program more than anyone ever has in that short time. What an amazing Gamecock. And we haven't seen the last of him. When his NFL days are over, it would not surprise me at all to see Marcus roaming the sideline as a coach or in a role similar to the one Andre Goodman currently is in.
You can't see! I can't see! All that matters is can the f*&%ing horse see! That's a raid!
POTD - Silverspur95 and I talked about this the other day.
He missed some time his Freshman season as well. most of the 2nd half against Kentucky, the whole Vandy game, and the 2nd half against Troy. Also was knocked out of the game early in the 1st quarter against FSU. So thats about 3 total games his freshman year.
The last 6 games of 2011 and the last 4 and a half games this season. And he only had 3 carries against Florida and the coaches decided not to play him anymore.
So he missed 14 and a half games in his 3 year Carolina career. So in reality, he only has 2 full years worth of statistics.
555 carries, 2677 yards, 4.8 YPC, 38 TDs
74 receptions, 767 yards, 10.3 YPR, 3 TDs
Still can't believe it's over. Makes me wish I'd appreciated going to the stadium to see 21 tote the rock a little more.
Great post man. Funny thing even at the office today Clempson fans seemed a little taken back from the announcement. They new that greatness was moving on and how much he really meant to college football. I think the nation not just Gamecock fans have that feeling of wondering just how far could he have taken his game.
Great post and I get what you are saying, my sons will be talking about Marcus like I have talked about Big George. Along with Clowney, Lattimore will be the face of football for his generation at USC. To tell you the truth, I felt a sense of relief when it was announced today that he would enter the draft, I honestly think if I had to watch Lattimore get hurt again, I would have to stop watching football for a year or so and let my myself heal. I really don't think I could handle it.
Bless him~3 years, 4 injuries. Certainly difficult to not wonder "what if," yet absolutely thankful for "what was!"
You said it.....fate and circumstance. In other words God's path for him.
Thinking about it more I also hate it that in his three years here he only got to play against Clemson once and was not overly effective in that game. I really wish he'd been able to gut them at least once. Never on a team that lost that game though.
I feel the same way you do about watching him get hurt again. I couldn't go to the UT game because I had knee surgery the day before. I sat there and watched it with my knee on ice and on pain killers. As soon as it happened, I mean like mid-play, I started screaming at the TV "NO NO NO NO NO" and didn't stop for quite a while. My brother stayed back to watch the game with me and he had to leave the room to gather himself. When he came back we both watched that scene with tears in our eyes and I literally thought I might throw up. So I agree wholeheartedly. I won't have to watch him run anymore while holding my breath. Too good of a kid to see it again.
Exactly, Good luck Marcus.
Well said, elCid.
I don't wish injuries on anyone, and I hope this doesn't sound evil, but when that happened in the Tennessee game, I had to question just who is in charge of the fate of the universe. Out of everyone on the field that day, which includes Tyler Bray and several other complete d-bags on the UT team, it had to happen to the kindest, most unselfish person in that stadium.
Marcus is the most respected player I have ever seen play in college, period. If a defensive guy makes a stop on third down, or a big hit for a loss, or whatever, the guy will get in the face of the offensive player a little bit and talk a bit of smack. I have NEVER seen another player talk the least bit of smack to Marcus. That speaks for how much the CFB world respects Marcus.
The most excited I have ever seen Marcus was not on a TD run, or after he broke 8 tackles behind the LOS to break a long gain. The most excited I have seen Marcus on the field was after Ace's punt return against jawja. That says everything you could say about Marcus's level of unselfishness, and his passion for the team, and love for his teammates.
We all are so lucky to have seen him play in the short amount of time he did. It is unfair, that fate screwed him so very badly. The CFB world was cheated.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
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