A pair of running backs are the two marquee players coming off injury next season in the SEC.
South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore figures to make a big difference in the Gamecocks’ offense after he missed the final six games in 2011 with a knee injury. He had 818 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns when he went down in the seventh week.
Arkansas was without Knile Davis for the entire 2011 season after he fractured his ankle in the preseason. Davis led all SEC running backs with 1,322 rushing yards in 2010.
Both players, provided they’re healthy, will play integral roles in what the Gamecocks and Hogs hope are big seasons in 2012.
Here are a few other players returning from injury not to forget about when you start sizing up the 2012 season in the SEC:
South Carolina cornerback Akeem Auguste (foot)
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (thumb)
Florida cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee)
Kentucky running back Josh Clemons (knee)
LSU offensive guard Josh Dworacyzk (knee)
Missouri linebacker Will Ebner (ankle)
Missouri offensive tackle Elvis Fisher (patellar tendon)
Auburn defensive end Dee Ford (back)
Alabama running back Dee Hart (knee)
Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter (knee)
Missouri running back Henry Josey (knee)
Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (knee)
Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers (leg)
Texas A&M running back Christine Michael (knee)
Kentucky safety Martavius Neloms (ankle)
Vanderbilt running back Warren Norman (leg)
Ole Miss linebacker D.T. Shackelford (knee)
Mississippi State offensive guard Tobias Smith (knee)
Kentucky linebacker Ridge Wilson (shoulder)