Saturday’s showcase: Auburn’s Michael Dyer vs. South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore

Michael Dyer

Dave Martin

South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore and Auburn’s Michael Dyer came out of high school as two of the top college prospects in the country. Both lived up to the hype, rushing for more than 1,000 yards last season and breaking the freshman rushing records for their respective schools. Lattimore, who leads the SEC in rushing with 611 yards, and Dyer, who is third with 426 yards, face each other Saturday in Columbia.

Michael Dyer

School: Auburn • Year: So. • Ht : 5-9 • Wt: 210

High School: Dyer rushed for an Arkansas state record 8,097 yards and 84 TDs. No. 11 overall prospect, No. 2 running back in 2010 (Rivals.com)

College: Named to SEC Coaches Freshman Team. Offensive MVP of BCS national championship game after rushing for 143 yards against Oregon. Holds the Auburn freshman rushing record with 1,093 yards, eclipsing mark of 829 yards by Bo Jackson in 1982. Had 180 rushing yards against Mississippi, which was the most by a freshman against an SEC team in Auburn history and was the third-most in a single game by a freshman.

By the Numbers: Rushing statistics

Year | ATT | Yards | YPC | TDs | YPG

2011 | 62 | 426 | 6.9 | 6 | 106.5

2010 | 182 | 1,093 | 6.0 | 5 | 78.1

Marcus Latt imore on Michael Dyer: “He’s fast and real strong. You can look at him and tell he’s strong. He runs hard and he has real good hands coming out of the backfield. He can make a good cut and make you miss.”

Marcus Lattimore

School: South Carolina • Year: So. • Ht : 6-0 • Wt: 232

High School: Lattimore rushed for 6,375 yards and 104 TDs. No. 10 overall prospect, No. 1 running back in 2010

(Rivals.com)

College: Preseason first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American. Unanimous choice for National Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year. Lattimore led the Gamecocks with 1,197 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns on 249 carries in 2010 and also had 29 receptions for 412 yards and 2 TDs, setting a freshman school record. Lattimore owns USC’s all-time single-season record for touchdowns with 19, breaking Harold Green’s record of 16 set in 1987.

By the Numbers: Rushing statistics

Year | ATT | Yards | YPC | TDs | YPG

2011 | 107 | 611 | 5.7 | 8 | 152.8

2010 | 249 | 1,197 | 4.8 | 17 | 92.1

Michael Dyer on Marcus Latt imore: “If you need him to carry it 30 times, he will carry it 30 times. He runs downhill. He has great hands like a wide receiver. He’s just one of those guys that gets it done no matter what it takes.”