Marcus Lattimore Bulking Up the Heisman Talk
Marcus Lattimore is a true beast both on and off the football field. Last year as a true freshman running back for the South Carolina Gamecocks, Lattimore stormed his way to 1,197 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, earning SEC Freshman of the Year honors. Lattimore, one of the most decorated prospects in South Carolina high school history, dominates in the weight room like he does the gridiron.
South Carolina’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Craig Fitzgerald called him “a total animal in the weight room” and as the “best worker out of all our offensive skill players”.
Fitzgerald was and still is in complete awe when watching Lattimore train. Fitzgerald deemed Lattimore “as equipped and as technically sound as any freshman I’ve ever trained.” However, as good as Lattimore played, Fitzgerald believed he wasn’t getting full productivity out of training with his fellow running backs. In fact, Lattimore began to lift with the bigger and stronger fullbacks and running with the faster wide receivers.
By the end of his freshman year, the 6-foot Lattimore weighed around 217 lbs. Now, with his new training partners by his side, he has bulked up to 231 lbs. this spring, while lowering his 40-yard dash time to 4.5 seconds. He now has a 35-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of just short of 10 feet. Not only did his speed and vertical increase, but his strength did as well. Lattimore increased his back squat from 425 lbs. to 482 lbs., his 275 lb. power-clean is now 315 lbs., and his bench press is finally over 300 lbs. for the first time in his life.
Lattimore’s hard work doesn’t just stop there. He even shows up early to run stadium steps with teammates who fail to make it to their designated workout.
“Obviously, he’s got great genetics and you need great genetics to do what he’s done,” Fitzgerald said. “But what makes him a riser is the fact that the character and the attitude are off the charts.”
Lattimore is an early frontrunner for the 2011 Heisman Trophy along with the likes of Andrew Luck, Denard Robinson, and LaMichael James.
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