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Rogers on Lattimore: "He's got more skills than I did!"

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By Rick Henry - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - With the signing of five-star running back recruit Marcus Lattimore to the University of South Carolina, comparisons to 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers are already starting to pop up.

So what does Rogers himself think of Lattimore?

"He's got all the tools to be a great running back and I'm just looking forward to seeing him play in a Gamecock uniform," said Rogers.

Rogers used speed and strength to become college football's best player during his senior season. Lattimore has both of those qualities along with a little more finesse.

"He's got more skills than I did," said Rogers. "He's going to fake some people out. He's going to make some people miss. He's got a lot of explosion when he gets up in the holes, he knows how to hit it and keep going and he's got some strength and power. That's what you need to get that extra yard."

George says Lattimore has the potential to break his USC records, including the all-time rushing mark of over 5,000 yards.

"If he starts out in his first freshman year, he's got a good chance of doing it and I know if he's breaking some of my records that means we're winning games," said Rogers.

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