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From "Inside the Roost", Jay Graham Speaks on Lattimore, Wilds

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Written by South Carolina Athletics student assistant Rebecca Duensing.

FB-11 Marcus Lattimore vs. Miss State.jpegOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show Athletics Director Eric Hyman, assistant football coach Jay Graham and host Derek Scott covered a wide variety of topics ranging from Marcus Lattimore, Brandon Wilds, enjoying a bye week, and more.

When Marcus got rolled up and went down in the fourth quarter vs. Mississippi State, Coach Graham said he knew right away it was going to be bad news. Graham said that injuries like Lattimore's happen when players aren't looking, "if he had been carrying the ball, he would have been able to lift up his leg, but he didn't see it coming."

Even though Marcus can't make a direct impact on the field, that hasn't stopped him from watching film, coming to meetings, and continuing to lead the team. Graham knows Marcus hasn't skipped a beat. He said Marcus' reaction was, "ok, now I'm going to get myself ready for next season." Even though he's been in the business a long time, Hyman said "there aren't many people cut from the same piece of cloth."

Simply put, "he's just special." 

In light of Marcus's injury, true freshman Brandon Wilds is expected to fill the starting role at running back. Graham praised Wilds, saying, "He really runs the ball well and has picked up the offense." He also stressed that the biggest thing for a freshman is picking up the protections and understanding coverage.

Graham tells all of his players, "you've always got to be ready because you never know how many plays you're going to get." Wilds has been impressive on the field ever since fall camp and has been working to adjust to the outstanding defensive lines the Gamecocks face in the SEC.

Fortunately the Gamecocks get a breather this weekend. They find themselves not only on a bye week, but the university's fall break. Hyman thinks the break is "just what the doctor ordered." The level of play is "pretty intense, and sometimes it's good to have a little reprieve to get your batteries recharged and get reinvigorated and get back at it," said Hyman. 
The team has the chance to go home for the weekend to "recharge and get some of momma's meals," said Graham. However, none of "momma's meals" for the coaches who will use the off week to hit the road recruiting.

The Gamecocks have five more games to go, and it's not an easy schedule, but Hyman is confident that "they're teams we can have success against." Scott pointed out that he hasn't seen "too many surprises" in terms of wins and losses across the SEC. Graham agreed and said that the season has "pretty much played out the way we thought it would, wish we could've gotten that Auburn game, but we're still leading in the East. We just have to finish strong."

The Gamecocks return to play next weekend when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers on Saturday, October 29, at 7:15 p.m., airing on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Make sure to catch "Inside the Roost" every Monday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics with Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman along with weekly guests.

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