A Theory on Marcus Lattimore’s Rookie Season
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By now you’ve probably heard the Marcus Lattimore story. A big time recruit, Lattimore takes the SEC by storm as a freshman while drawing comparisons to Herschel Walker. His dominance continues into 2011 until a season-ending knee surgery clouds his future. Resilient, Marcus returns in 2012 only to injure his other knee in season-ending fashion. Now, after being the #1 running back heading into the 2012 season, Lattimore’s outlook is a mystery. Because we have no workout data on him, he’s a difficult guy to project. Unlike the rest of the 2013 RB class, we have been unable to apply our traditional methods, so in this article I will be taking a a different approach. To begin to understand Lattimore, we will compare him against ten other SEC running backs that have appeared in the NFL recently. Similar to this Zac Stacy article, we will focus on games in which the player received a lead back workload of 10+ carries in conference games over their final two college seasons. True to his reputation, Lattimore proves to be a workhorse in line with recent SEC studs.