At this time last year, MarShawn Lloyd was primed to be a breakout freshman for South Carolina until an ACL injury derailed his season.

He’s fully recovered now, and ready to deliver the kind of production expected out of him as an elite recruit out of the DMV area.

As Kevin Harris recovers from a back procedure, and for the time being is not cleared to practice, Lloyd sees this as an opportunity to fill in.

“It’s a time for me to step up,” Lloyd said. “Kevin Harris was the leading rusher in the SEC, and you can’t beat that. I feel like it’s a time for me to step up, and it’s a time for all of us, Zaquandre (White), Rashad Amos … I wouldn’t say you just go ahead and take his spot, because that’s not how that works. This guy was the leading SEC rusher for a reason. We’re definitely uplifting him at this time, we’re all going to compete for sure.”

When they’re both healthy, Harris and Lloyd could give the Gamecocks one of the best one-two punches in the nation. Lloyd has impressed the coaches in his limited practice time.