Originally posted by whirledps:
Don't write off Marcus just yet. He tells it like it is and will not lie or sugar coat it. He will continue to improve and will most likely be close to his college form by August. Of course he is rusty, he hasn't played since the Tennessee game. As he said, he will have to get out there on the field and be chased by defenders and get the adrenalin flowing again to help shift him into higher gear.
Not trying to blindly say he will be a superstar or the next Gore, but if anyone can do it, he can. We'll see how things are in August. He has a whole lot of people praying and pulling for him.
Agreed. The article merely states that, "Lattimore concedes he still lacks the first-step burst and explosiveness through the hole that he possessed as a freshman."
Well no sh!t Sherlock. He hasn't played a game in over a year and while he is most likely in the best physical shape of his life, he's not in FOOTBALL shape just yet. That's what OTA's, training camp and pre season is for. Structurally, it doesn't sound like there is anything wrong with him at all and like Carradine, he is ready to go. He'll have to get his feet wet, build up his quick-twitch muscles, develop that trust in his knee (psychologically) and be patient. And I don't know if people have noticed but Gore doesn't exactly have a first-step burst anymore or electric explosiveness through the hole either and he's done very well in this power running game. Marcus talks about learning pass blocking from Gore (which is wonderful BTW), his technique, learning from the best in Rathman, etc.
Just be patient people. He was ready to go late last season and we've taken all the precautions. And while it's not a guarantee of anything, he's going to have a very good chance to get back to form in the next 5 months before kicking off the new season.
[ Edited by NCommand on May 6, 2014 at 7:06 AM ]