COLUMBIA — In 12 games last season, South Carolina running back Marshawn Lloyd scored one touchdown.
In the Gamecocks’ first game of 2022 against Georgia State, Lloyd scored both offensive touchdowns en route to a 35-14 victory. He logged one on on a goal-line carry and another on a 16-yard reception from quarterback Spencer Rattler.
Rattler, a first-year transfer from Oklahoma, said Lloyd set himself apart as a player who rises to the occasion in high-pressure moments.
“He’s a guy that wants it,” Rattler said. “Everybody knows the type of talent he has and … everybody was happy to see him do what he did Saturday night. He’s definitely one of our playmakers
For offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield, Lloyd’s performance was no surprise either.
“It’s a confidence and understanding of who he is. He puts pressure on himself to be elite, but last year it was like if it’s not a home run he was in his head a little bit,” Satterfield said. “(This year) he’s a totally different dude than he was at the end of last season from a mental standpoint.”
Coming out of high school, Lloyd was one of South Carolina’s most anticipated prospects. He was the No. 5 running back in the country for the Class of 2020 and ranked among the top 50 recruits nationally.
Then the redshirt sophomore suffered an ACL tear during fall training camp in 2020 an missed his freshman season.