The Daily Feed // 09.13.10

-The best tackle Marcus Lattimore saw all day.

FOOTBALL

Carolina Leaps Up in Polls | Gamecocks Online
The Gamecocks are now ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll and 16th in the USA Today/Coaches poll. Thirteenth seems way too high to me. I think we're only that far up because of Spurrier's history and the fact that few other teams have differentiated themselves so far this season. This will not end well.

Meanwhile, T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports is doing his best to perpetuate The Recent Unpleasantness (9th!?). On the other hand, DrB of Shakin' the Southland is being a team player (not ranked).

Lattimore, USC topple UGA 17-6 | GoGamecocks.com
Marcus Lattimore knows what he is doing.

"We knew coming into the game that their ends were playing wide, and we could just gash them up the middle," Lattimore said. Center T.J. Johnson "did a great job of moving that nose guard. We just kept gashing them because they were playing wide and couldn’t figure it out."

"Top Dogs" in Week 2 for Gamecocks: Lattimore and Taylor | Leftover Hot Dog
The guys at LOHD might want to think about renaming this feature...

Bulldogs-Gamecocks 091110 | SEC Blog - ESPN
Money quote.

To give you an idea of what Lattimore meant to the Gamecocks, they had managed a total of 58 rushing yards in their past three home games against the Bulldogs. On Saturday, Lattimore had at least that many yards after contact … in the first half.

Gamecocks ‘exposed’ Dogs’ weaknesses on offense and defense | The Junkyard Blawg
First of all, I think this is an awesome name for a UGA blog. Now to the meat.

Despite Steve Spurrier’s tongue-in-cheek tweaking of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham over the former NFL coach perhaps not being familiar with the inside zone running play that was the Gamecocks’ bread and butter Saturday, Georgia’s defense actually had players in the right position most of the time. They just didn’t execute. As Grantham indicated after the game, Lattimore is good, but Georgia’s poor tackling made him look even better. And it wasn’t just Lattimore. Missed tackles on screen passes hurt the Dogs, too.

What say you? Did the UGA defense just do a poor job tackling or is Marcus Lattimore uber-elusive?

Lattimore carries load for No. 13 Gamecocks | The Post and Courier
Looks like Spurrier knows his future is now tied to that of Lattimore's. Still, 37 caries a game? He can't be serious.

"Today we needed him to carry 37," Spurrier said after the game. "If we need him to carry 37 against Auburn or Alabama or Tennessee or Florida or maybe Furman next week … he came here to run the ball.

Experts: Week 2 awards, what we learned | Rivals.com
The folks at Rivals take notice of our big win over UGA.

Lattimore provides an element of power to a running game that was lackluster, quarterback Stephen Garcia keeps demonstrating that he's improved, the Gamecocks have big, strong receivers and Ellis Johnson has another strong defense.

 

SOCCER

Au's Golden Goal Gives No. 21 Gamecocks Tournament Title | Gamecocks Online
Women's soccer rolls.

Freshman Danielle Au ended 100 minutes of scoreless action with her second goal of the weekend to lead No. 21 South Carolina (5-1-1) to a 1-0 double-overtime victory against Furman (4-3-0) at Stone Stadium. Au scored a header off a chip from Christine Watts to lead the Gamecocks to their fourth consecutive Carolina's Cup tournament title, an annual four-team competition that saw Clemson, Furman and High Point play in front of a combined 4,562 fans on Friday and Sunday.

Gamecock Men's Soccer Earns 1-0 Victory Over Yale | Gamecocks Online
As does men's.

The South Carolina men's soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over Yale in its final contest of the Brown Soccer Classic on Sunday at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I. Freshman midfielder Bradlee Baladez tallied the game-winning goal for South Carolina, the first goal of his college career.

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