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Georgia vs. South Carolina: Slowing Marcus Lattimore key for Bulldogs

The Gamecocks' top tailback has burned UGA for over 150 yards in each of his last two games against the Dawgs.

Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Georgia Bulldogs sold out to stop the deep pass against Tennessee, allowing the Vols to gain big yardage on the ground. This week's task will be the exact opposite: stopping South Carolina's monster running back Marcus Lattimore, who has improved to his old form after going down last season with an ACL tear.

Lattimore has 446 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season, and has carried the ball 20 times in each of South Carolina's conference games, meaning UGA is expecting a steady, heavy dose:

"We played him well last year up until the fourth quarter, and then he had a couple big runs," Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "We’ve gotta understand that we need to play four quarters on him, then do the same things you’ve gotta do against a great back. Because I’ve got a lot of respect for him. … He plays that position the way you should play it."

Twice Lattimore has lit up the Bulldog' defense for more than 150 yards (his season high so far is 120 against Kentucky last week). In 2010 he ran for 182 yards on 37 carries, and last season he gained 176 on 27.

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