Mike Bobo high on RB MarShawn Lloyd ‘has a chance to be a special back’
March 16, 2020, Henry Fusco
Bobo would have no problem playing a freshman tailback, and he’ll have the chance to do that with MarShawn Lloyd, a South Carolina early enrollee who was rated as high as a five-star recruit by one service. Bobo said. “Running back is a position that you can tell pretty quick if a guy’s got it and usually you’re not signing a running back to redshirt him. “What your running back should be doing, if they’re not starting at tailback, is they should be starting on special teams.”
Lloyd might well start at tailback when the 2020 season begins as the team has a vacuum of experience four players with starting experience (47 combined starts) graduated from last year’s team. South Carolina is working shorthanded this spring as junior college transfer ZaQuandre White and freshman Rashad Amos have yet to enroll. That left the team just with three scholarship runners on campus, and top returning rusher Kevin Harris has not been practicing. So it’s meant a lot of work for Lloyd.
Bobo said added. “He has a chance to be a special back. He’s very diligent about how he approaches every day. He comes with the right mindset. He’s sitting in coach [Bobby] Bentley’s meeting room 30 minutes before the other guys get there. He wants to learn. He wants to be ready.”
Lloyd came in at No. 42 nationally in the final 247Sports Composite rankings for his class (Moreno was No. 68). Rivals had the explosive, stout back at No. 33 and rated him a five-star. Playing for athletic power DeMatha outside Washington, D.C., he posted 1,197 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He got a run on SportsCenter and produced more than a few big plays against a national-level schedule. Bobo also spoke highly of his other available scholarship back, sophomore Deshaun Fenwick, noting he showed toughness in some of the blocking drills the staff employs.
And one thing is clear: South Carolina won’t put itself in the spot Georgia did, getting only two years out of a top back by choice. In closing Bobo said. “There’s good competition there. I wish we had more guys out there competing right now. But those guys are doing a good job.”