Originally posted by jimmy49erfan:
9.1 avg on 62 att in the Big East is great and all but he isnt keeping that average up all year. He probably ends up with a season like Lattimores rookie season. A healthy Lattimore was insanely good in a mediocre offense that didnt have UMs talent. He did for the Gamecocks what Gore did for Nolans 49ers. He is just that kind of impact player that Gore is. Only bigger, faster and much harder to bring down.
Dude, Gore was a freak of nature before he blew out his knees. Everyone at Miami knew it and there are countless quotes from players and coaches saying so. Why are you bothering arguing this?
Let me try to get this straight... what you're saying is that before his knee injuries, Lattimore had the type of impact in college that Gore did in the NFL... after his knee injuries. Did I get that right? Now, I'll give you "bigger", but at which point was he "faster and much harder to bring down" than Gore? Are we still comparing uninjured Lattimore to NFL Gore? That would be the only thing that makes sense considering Lattimore can't even run yet. Kinda hard to say he's faster than Gore at the moment.
Gore's knee injuries basically forced him to re-learn how to run. He tried changing his weight to compensate for lost speed with more power, but that didn't work. He basically ended up doing nothing except training his body and mind. He pulled tires up hills during the day and analyzed his own film from High School at night. He did this because he loves football and he wants to be the best, but also because he had to overcome his injuries to make money so that he could get his sick Mother the medical care that she needed and feed his siblings, too.
Do you think Lattimore has that kind of strength and passion? I personally have no idea, but I hope for his sake that he does... because his recent knee injury is worse than either of Gore's were. Kid has a hard road ahead. I really hope we draft him... I think that would be the best situation for him. I also hope he makes a full recovery, even if we don't. I know I'll be rooting for him wherever he ends up.
Gore is still better, though.