ATHENS, GA - Georgia couldn't stop Marcus Lattimore a year ago when the Bulldogs' defense included starting linebacker Akeem Dent, who went to play in the NFL.
It could be even more difficult for Georgia to contain No. 12 South Carolina's powerful back with a freshman or a walk-on possibly starting at linebacker. The Bulldogs lost starter Alec Ogletree for four to six weeks with a broken foot in last week's loss to Boise State, leaving the inside linebacker position a big question in Saturday's game.
The challenge of defending the 6-foot, 232-pound Lattimore and finding a new starting linebacker is one reason Georgia, which had a typically tough Tuesday practice, was back in full pads on Wednesday. Extra contact drills are needed for an extra-difficult assignment.