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Peyton Manning may have a tough time whenever the NFL postseason rolls around, but he’s always entertaining and downright delightful on television. 

In case you missed it, here are the highlights of the record breaking QB’s appearance with David Letterman last night.

Marcus Lattimore’s Long Road Back

Former South Carolina star running back — now a member of the San Francisco 49ers — Marcus Lattimore sat down with the San Jose Mercury News to discuss the trials and tribulations he has experienced since a vicious hit versus Tennessee ended his collegiate career back in 2012.

Lattimore is now in position to at least challenge for carries in San Fran this year and has the opportunity to become the heir apparent to Niners legend Frank Gore at the RB position.

Fantasy owners — especially in deep keeper and dynasty leagues — should pay very close attention to the preseason battle for the 49ers backup job. If Lattimore is able edge out Kendall Hunter and return to the form that made him a beast in the SEC, he’ll be worth rostering as a handcuff to Gore in 2014 and a stash for 2015.

Fantasy Buddha 2014 NFL Mock Draft


1) Houston Texans - DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina 

2) St. Louis Rams - OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

3) Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

4) Cleveland Browns - QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

5) Oakland Raiders - OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

6) Atlanta Falcons - OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT Aaron Donald, Pitt

8) Minnesota Vikings - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

9) Buffalo Bills - TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

10) Detroit Lions - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

11) Tennessee Titans - QB Blake Bortles, UCF

12) New York Giants - OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

13) St. Louis Rams - FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

14) Chicago Bears - CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

15) Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

16) Dallas Cowboys - DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

17) Baltimore Ravens - CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

18) New York Jets - ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

19) Miami Dolphins - OT Morgan Moses, Virginia

20) Arizona Cardinals - WR Odell Beckham, LSU

21) Green Bay Packers - OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

22) Philadelphia Eagles - WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

23) Kansas City Chiefs - WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal

24) Cincinnati Bengals - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

25) San Diego Chargers - CB Jason Verrett, TCU

26) Cleveland Browns - WR Cody Latimer, Indiana

27) New Orleans Saints - OLB Dee Ford, Auburn

28) Carolina Panthers - WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

29) New England Patriots - DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

30) San Francisco 49ers - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

31) Denver Broncos - FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville

32) Seattle Seahawks - OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA

Teams not selecting in the First Round

34) Washington Redskins - OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

59) Indianapolis Colts - OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

With players like Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Odell Beckham, C.J. Mosley, Dee Ford and a trio of Texas A&M players — Johnny Manziel, Jake Matthews and Mike Evans — all expected to be selected in this year’s first round, the SEC should continue to be the premier talent supplier for the NFL.

Nine hours later and I’m still numb from this.

No idea what to say except that I join everyone — fans, rivals, pro athletes, and celebs everywhere — in wishing nothing but the best in this devastating situation for Marcus Lattimore and his family.

(via cbssports)

The South Carolina regional Sports Illustrated college football preview cover.

In terms of talent, this edition of the Gamecocks is at least as good as any before—including the 1987 squad—but it remains to be seen if the results will match or exceed the ‘84 Black Magic team. 

Marcus Lattimore. Alshon Jeffery. Stephen Garcia.

The first returning trio in Southeastern Conference history to feature a 1,000 yard rusher, 1,000 yard receiver and a 3,000 yard passer.

And a huge reason why so many people consider head coach Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks a possible dark horse for the 2011 National Championship. 

As if the SEC isn’t the lone super conference anyway.