Published August 29, 2011 - 6:30am
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Every week a mismatch or an opportunity arises to take full advantage of that mismatch, especially as we go through out-of-conference cupcakes.
Every week Saturday Down South will be showing you three players who have a chance to dominate this coming weekend and why.
Here are three players to watch in week one:
1. RB Marcus Lattimore vs. ECU Rushing Defense
Lattimore needs no introduction as he dominated this league as a freshman. Opening weekend, South Carolina takes on the East Carolina Pirates in Charlotte. Lattimore must be licking his chops because ECU was ranked 117 out of 120 in rushing defense a year ago. The Pirates gave up 41 rushing touchdowns and yielded over 226 yards per game on the ground. Lattimore will have a field day.
2. QB Morgan Newton vs. WKU Defense
Morgan Newton is an absolute beast of an athlete. He showed two years ago what kind of player he looks to be, and I believe it’s time that he breaks out of his shell and becomes the player every Wildcat fan thinks he can be. In week one he will be going against Western Kentucky, and he will have every chance in the world to dominate this team. WKU gave up an average of over 200 yards through the air per game and gave up an average of 33 points per game last season. I think Newton scores early and often in this one to gain some confidence for the rest of the season.
3. DT Fletcher Cox vs. Memphis Rushing Offense
Fletcher Cox should manhandle Memphis inside and nullify their rushing offense. Last year, Memphis only averaged 91 yards per game, and the Tigers only ran for a total of 1,099 yards all year. I think Cox will be in the backfield early and often, and he will likely dominate this Memphis offensive line. Memphis was also 109th out of 120 teams in sacks allowed, yielding over three per game.
What players are you watching in week one?