GAINESVILLE -- Florida safety Josh Evans said he thinks South Carolina’s star running back Marcus Lattimore has slowed down.
“I think he lost a step a little bit from what we’ve seen before, but he’s still showing statistics, so nothing to take away from him,” Evans said Tuesday. “I think that’s due to the injury.”
Lattimore sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Ole Miss in October last season. He had 779 yards and nine touchdowns in seven games before the injury. Six games into his return, Lattimore has 584 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, and his yards-per-carry average of 4.53 is only slightly lower than the 4.81 mark he had in 2010.
Last time Lattimore played a game in The Swamp, he ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Gamecocks clinched the Southeastern Conference East Division and a trip to Atlanta for the conference championship game.
“That’s a feeling you’ll never forget,” Evans said, adding the defense has worked a lot on tackling in the open field in preparation for Lattimore.
• Defensive back Cody Riggs (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) has not played since breaking his foot in Week 2 against Texas A&M, but coach Will Muschamp said Monday that the coaching staff has not discussed a possible medical redshirt for this season.
Muschamp said Riggs will likely practice on a limited basis this week but will not play against South Carolina on Saturday.
• Tight end Jordan Reed has been recognized as one of 25 tight ends to be named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List. Reed has 21 catches for 327 yards and one touchdown this season for the Gators.