Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier says that injured star running back Marcus Lattimore is expected to be in attendance at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday just two weeks removed from his devastating and potentially career-ending knee dislocation.
“I think he’ll be at the game Saturday, so we’re looking forward to that,” said Spurrier. “I guess I can already announce that they’re going to put his name on the wall for scoring the most touchdowns and the most rushing touchdowns. I think he replaces Harold Green and George Rogers as career touchdowns leader.
“That announcement is either going to be right before the game or between the first and second quarter, something like that. So I think our fans need to know that Marcus will be here and I’m sure he’ll get an ovation maybe like there’s never been one at Williams-Brice. That’s set to occur this Saturday.”
While an appearance at the stadium could be inspiring for the Gamecocks team, Spurrier knows that the team will need to keep their focus on the opponent in order to avoid dropping a game to Arkansas for the fourth straight season.
“As most people know, they got off to a rough start, Arkansas did this year,” said Spurrier. “They seemed to have regrouped somewhat. I think they’ve won several of their last few games. I think they’re 4-5 coming in here and their hopes are obviously to go to a bowl game, so they need a couple of wins and they’ll be ready to play us.
“They’ve certainly played us very well the last three or four years. We need to have a good game if we’re going to beat these guys. Looking forward to it. I know the fans are ready.”
If Lattimore attends the game, the team will play with extra emotion and it could be the motivation they need to take their play to the next level and avoid falling victim to the Razorbacks once again.