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Report: Marcus Lattimore taking his talents to the NFL

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A gruesome leg injury prematurely ended Marcus Lattimore‘s 2012 season.  As it turns out, it brought to a premature end his collegiate playing career as well.

According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, Lattimore has decided to forego his remaining year of eligibility at South Carolina and make himself available for the April NFL draft.  An official announcement is expected at some point this week, Schad reports.

If the move comes to fruition, it would be far from surprising.  While Lattimore is one of the most talented backs in the game, he’s also seen his last two seasons come to an end due to significant injuries.  He tore an ACL and missed the second half of the 2011 season before missing the last three games this season after dislocating his kneecap and tearing several ligaments in his knee in a game against Tennessee.

Because of the severity of the most recent injury, Lattimore will likely be unable to fully or even partially participate in the physical aspects of the NFL’s Scouting Combine.  In fact, there’s a very real possibility the back could be forced to sit out the 2013 season.

Lattimore’s decision reportedly comes with the blessing of head coach Steve Spurrier, although the Ol’ Ball Coach stated back in late October that the player had told him he would be returning to the Gamecocks.

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39 Responses to “Report: Marcus Lattimore taking his talents to the NFL”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 10, 2012 12:25 PM

    He probably would not go as high in the draft as if he had stayed at S.C. for his final year, but he could also get hurt again and really get down in the draft rankings even further. If he is going to play the game, he might as well get paid for it. At least that way, if he gets hurt, he still gets the bucks.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 10, 2012 12:33 PM

    Good for him. if he stayed healthy next season, he would be out of excuses for why he is overrated

  3. woebegong says: Dec 10, 2012 12:39 PM

    One thing I don’t think he is, is over rated. The kid has talent that, if he stays healthy will get him a decent life and career, at the next level. I think he played less than 100% this year, due to the previous years injury, but he still ran the ball well. There are a of teams in the Sunday league that will be glad to have him.

  4. huskersrock1 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:54 PM

    As fungible as running backs are who in their right mind would draft one that has suffered major injuries in the last two seasons and may not even play next year? He may enter the draft, but he will exit the draft without a team. This guy will be an undrafted free agent.

    That being said I do wish him luck, I don’t see how he has a choice, he can’t risk another injury, it would be a shame for his career to end before it begins.

  5. raysfan1 says: Dec 10, 2012 1:00 PM

    Scalpem–
    I hate to dispute fellow Noles fans, but your comment makes you look like someone who does not watch much football. When healthy, Lattimore was quite rightly considered a Heisman candidate and a sure-fire top ten draft pick. He wasn’t at all overrated. He’s also a fine young man who embodies everything that’s right about college sports.

  6. ccjcsr says: Dec 10, 2012 1:51 PM

    RB position is overrated with the exception of a select few. The way NFL teams value roster spots, I doubt this guy gets a sniff!

  7. dadawg77 says: Dec 10, 2012 2:01 PM

    A NFL team will draft him late, sign him to a deal favorable to a team, pay hin a year to rehab and then see what they have in 2014.

  8. mogogo1 says: Dec 10, 2012 2:02 PM

    It’s a smart move. He’d showcased his talents in college quite well and the risk of him getting hurt again–or showing he’d never fully recovered from his past injuries–would have been considerable. If he can get healthy and demonstrate that at the combine, he’ll get his shot in the NFL.

  9. thebigtim2012 says: Dec 10, 2012 2:05 PM

    Both injuries were freakish incidents that won’t make coaches question his durability. Scalp your comment makes you look like a moron FYI. Marcus is a true high level talent and one hell of a young man any nfl team will be proud to have him. Also if you check the tape the ol head coach wasn’t saying he would return to the gamecocks so much as he would return to football. At least that’s how a lot of us took it down here in sc.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 10, 2012 2:05 PM

    Marcus Lattimore will never go hungry or be without a roof over his head. The alumni at Carolina will always find a place for great people who served the University well and he is one of those folks. Ask George Rogers. Lattimore is an excellent student and will find success in whatever he chooses to do. If he is physically limited to play in the NFL, there are a number of career possibilities for this Student/Athlete. Marcus Lattimore is loved and respected by many in and out of collegiate football.

  11. jonkybon says: Dec 10, 2012 2:15 PM

    Some team in the NFL will take a chance on Lattimore, but how early he will be selected will have a lot to do with his combines. Successful ACL surgeries are a lot more common these days and ML has always had a great work ethic.

    It’s a shame he had to play for Spurrier, because few college coaches care less about their players. Spurrier never once went on the field to check on Marcus any of the three times Marcus was hurt.

    Potentially Lattimore was a top five pick, now I question if he’ll even be selected on day two. I hope the Jets take a chance on ML with a fourth or fifth round pick.

  12. kozbee says: Dec 10, 2012 2:42 PM

    I believe ML will get drafted but in the later rounds,sad seeing him getting injured as he has been.Best ML .

  13. thegamecocker says: Dec 10, 2012 2:44 PM

    @jonkybon says:

    It’s a shame he had to play for Spurrier, because few college coaches care less about their players. Spurrier never once went on the field to check on Marcus any of the three times Marcus was hurt.
    ————————————————————-

    Some have criticized me for going after this person who so hates Coach Spurrier. Per the comment above, nothing could be further from the truth. Coach Spurrier cares about each and everyone of the players and support staff that have been under his tutelage. He hates the Coach and the school because the school he roots for, Clemson, has been dominated by South Carolina the last four years. I think most of you understand what he’s all about.

  14. benvincible says: Dec 10, 2012 2:47 PM

    Many factors will go in to how high he is drafted.

    First: how if at all he preformed in the combine

    Second: Joe Schad’s report stated that he would leave college to focus on full-time rehab, possibly at the NFL level or with a particular NFL team… What team takes him in w/o a contract?

    Third: After rehab is complete, at what level is he going to be able to compete? and for how long…

    All of these are “down the road” questions and non of us have foresight to the answers….

    depending on these Factors, GameCock & Lattimore fans (myself included) will have to consider the possibility that he may go as late as the 9th round or even go undrafted… those legs are a big risk.

    P.S. @jonkybon… I thought i told you to stop talking about USC, our Coach, or our players, on real blog sites.

    Why cant you just be content with being a Sandusky Pen-Pal and leave us alone.

  15. raiderufan says: Dec 10, 2012 3:08 PM

    Someone should show him Michael Bush’s story…or Frank Gore with multiple knee injuries before getting to the show. He can make it if he wants it. Might not start with the big money but it’s not about where you start….

  16. cometkazie says: Dec 10, 2012 3:10 PM

    GameCocker said it best.

    Anyone want to bet he finishes his degree at some point? The young man seems to be a winner on a lot of levels.

    All the best to him.

  17. florida727 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:34 PM

    I’m not a Lattimore fan per se, or a South Carolina fan, but I do admire him. Having come back from one brutal injury to compete at 100%, does anyone (haters excluded) seriously doubt he can do it again? Think Willis McGahee.

    I’m rooting for Marcus, but I think the scenario one previous post made, makes the most sense: he may go late or undrafted, someone will pay him a more than reasonable salary to rehab for an entire year, then evaluate what they’ve got. Think about it… low risk for the team, opportunity for Lattimore to still fulfill his dream.

    #cometkazie, “no thanks” to the bet offer. I’m guessing he finishes the degree too. I don’t know him, but by all accounts, he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that doesn’t have a Plan B, or even a Plan C, to fall back on. He seems too level-headed for that. I hope an NFL team gives him a shot though.

  18. jonkybon says: Dec 10, 2012 5:21 PM

    Well as one individual claims, I do not like the Ole Ball Sack. He is a piece of sh^t!!! Ding, ding, ding, he’s finially correct about something!

    When his team win big games, he gives himself the first game ball.

    When his team loses, he throws his players under the bus. After the loss to LSU Ball Sack actually told reporters his QB, Shaw, must have had brain damage.

    He takes credit for other peoples efforts and blames everyone except himself for failures.

    BTW, look at footage of all three of Lattimores season ending injuries, the Ole Ball Sack is no where near his player. Funny, because during the Clemson game he was between the hash marks on three different occaisions with the play clock running.

  19. jonkybon says: Dec 10, 2012 5:37 PM

    I loved the Gamecock press conference after Lattimore was hurt. Ball Sack makes that about himself and insulting Dabo despite Swinney praising Lattimore with the highest plattitudes and tribute.

  20. sd1024 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:45 PM

    More like he takes his mangled leg to the NFL. Best of luck to the team dumb enough to draft him

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 10, 2012 6:19 PM

    Best of luck Marcus.

  22. thegamecocker says: Dec 10, 2012 6:27 PM

    @jonkybon says:

    “Well as one individual claims, I do not like the Ole Ball Sack. He is a piece of sh^t!!!”
    —————————————————————

    He has more wins than any other coach in the history of the school. I think you do not like him because he has beaten Clemson four years in a row. It’s OK for you to not like him….but why must you resort to the poor choice of words? It makes you appear ignorant. I’m trying to help you but you just refuse to to be flexible. We will see what Coach Sweeney has to say after the Chic-Fil-A Bowl against LSU. Should be interesting……

  23. jets12 says: Dec 10, 2012 6:28 PM

    @jonkybon

    Your lack of intelligent and informed comments is only exceeded by your obvious need to feed your perceived self importance. Your self esteem is directly tied to the misfortunes of your vastly overrated clemson tigers. I can only imagine the pain and anger that you must feel as you have time and time again promoted your tigers as being one of the elite programs in the country to only watch in horror as they fail time and time again. And to make matters worse, in your case, the team and coach you hate the most owns and dominates your beloved but overrated tigers constantly. What is it now four years in a row? Maybe if you accepted that clemson will never be more than a good football team in a very bad, and getting worse, conference, you can then begin to enjoy life and gain a new perspective. Anyone, such as you, that allows clemson to dictate how they view life is bound for bitter and constant disappointment.

  24. thegamecocker says: Dec 10, 2012 6:36 PM

    @jets12

    Thanks. I’ve been trying to do a little therapy on these threads with Jonkybon, but it is a slow, arduous, task! It’s akin to communicating with Helen Keller in her early years….

    @houndsofthebaskervols

    I will never forget the great sportsmanship, respect, and admiration the Tenn Volunteers demonstrated on the field after Marcus Lattimore was injured. That’s the kind of class found at UTenn and the rest of the SEC. Well done and that is something Derek Dooley can be proud of. He too deserves another chance somewhere.

  25. dadawg77 says: Dec 10, 2012 7:00 PM

    Question, why is everyone talking about his draft stock is related to his combine performance? Are you talking about his team interviews? The dude won’t be on the field as the draft itself will only be six months after the injury, well unless he is Superman.

    The reasons he is going to get drafted is Willis McGhee, All Day and the fact he has shown to be a very capable runner. Hell maybe Rosenhaus can get drafted in the first round, doubt it and expect 3 (if some reaches) to 5 round (someone will draft the talent by here as its hard to get good NFL talent this late)

  26. thegamecocker says: Dec 10, 2012 7:24 PM

    @benvicible

    Re the Clemson crazy, th you! The Gamecocker

    Sent from my iPhone

  27. igottz5onit says: Dec 10, 2012 7:24 PM

    A hell of a player and a total class act. I’m glad Clemson will not have to play him again but I wish he hadn’t got hurt. He deserved to be a first rounder but will probably see some slip due to this injury. Good luck Marcus.

  28. igottz5onit says: Dec 10, 2012 7:28 PM

    Also I hate Steve Spurrier because he comes off as a smug A-hole during his press conference and I am pretty sure he skirts the rules. However, if he coached Clemson instead of South Carolina I am sure I could overlook and possibly even come to embrace those character flaws lol. No one whom posts on here is truly unbiased.

  29. gatorbait34 says: Dec 10, 2012 7:59 PM

    Break a leg!

  30. gatorprof says: Dec 10, 2012 9:48 PM

    Wish him nothing but the best… He was one of the few players in college ball that I would have to watch if on TV.

    I still remember his Fr. year against the Gators in the swamp when he carried the ball ~40 times. Spurrier knew what he had and decided to try and drive him into the ground with ~ 280 touches, which is an insane load for any guy in college, let alone a Frosh in the SEC.

  31. clemsonstillsucks says: Dec 10, 2012 11:01 PM

    @ igottz

    I appreciate your honesty. Maybe if Jonkybon will accept that same logic it will allow him to do a better job of bagging my groceries at the Pig.

  32. kappy32 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:55 AM

    Can’t blame the guy. He has suffered two severe injuries & he has decided not to take the chance on having another before he cashes in on an NFL paycheck. Had he been healthy, he would’ve been a first round pick, probably the first back taken. With the injury, he’ll probably slip to the 4th or 5th round to a team that has a stable corp of RBs so Lattimore can take off 2013 if need be. When he is healthy, however, he could be a workhorse, sole back. Coming off 2 severe injuries & being successful in the NFL isn’t unheard of. Frank Gore had 2 ACL injuries in college & he has put together a productive NFL career. Additionally, McGahee had that horrific knee injury in the BcS Championship Game & is a stellar pro RB. Advances in medical science & rehabilitation medicine allows players to have productive careers after suffering injuries that would’ve ended careers 15-20 years ago. I wish the kid luck & I really enjoyed watching him play when he was healthy the past 3 years.

  33. jonkybon says: Dec 11, 2012 9:37 AM

    You can continue to provoke and bait me with all your multiple screen names, but all the other posters are seeing you for who you really are. Hell, you’ve admitted it at least half a dozen times including yesterday (see the thread about the Clemson DB coach going to Auburn). You have a very serious problem. Get help!!! I wont feed your screams for attention any more, but will continue to share my opinions. After this post I will just ignore the needy.

  34. jonkybon says: Dec 11, 2012 9:44 AM

    @igottz5onit says:
    Dec 10, 2012 7:24 PM
    A hell of a player and a total class act. I’m glad Clemson will not have to play him again but I wish he hadn’t got hurt. He deserved to be a first rounder but will probably see some slip due to this injury. Good luck Marcus.
    ________________________________

    You do realize he has never played a single down against Clemson?

    But you are correct in that he did deserve to be a first round pick. Unfortunately, he may not even get drafted. It’s a shame.

    Did you notice the tweet Matt Rolin was forced to make after decommitting from SC? He actually had to scold the Cock faithful about vulgarity.

  35. thegamecocker says: Dec 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    @jonkyon

    Dear Yo-Yo, this is the second time in a week that you have said you would ignore my posts. Try something new for a change: KEEPING YOUR WORD!

  36. jets12 says: Dec 11, 2012 11:11 AM

    @jonkybon

    You do realize that you are an idiot right. He has played against clemson. Check 2010.

  37. militarygamecock says: Dec 11, 2012 12:14 PM

    @jonkybon

    Thank you for your comments, you always show the world how uneducated and hateful some clemson fans can be.

    FYI, the only reason Dabo is your head coach is because he is a good recruiter. He is not a good play caller (I have heard this from multiple clemson fans as well)

    I’m not a Clemson hater but listening to fans like you, it really makes me laugh at their misfortunes.

    ACC-American Cupcake Conference
    SEC-Strongest Elite Conference

  38. clemsonstillsucks says: Dec 11, 2012 11:19 PM

    @ Jonk

    No – This is the only screen name I have…it’s honestly the only one I need to metaphorically and verbally club you like a baby seal. Were I to use more than one the UN would probably step in.

    I understand your desire to erase Lattimore’s 2010 performance against Clemson from your memory, but, alas, like last year’s Mountaineer game, it actually did happen. But, that’s okay. There’s always this year’s “gimme” bowl game with LSU.

    I think instead of game film I am going to watch “Deliverance” and get a good idea of how the game will play out.

    By the way – cans and bread should never be bagged together!

  39. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 8:41 AM

    @clemsonstillsucks

    LOL! I think though, that Jonky ACTUALLY believes it is ME who has more than one screen name. If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny! But the poor guy is a registered “sickola” in need of dire help. And, of course you are correct re. Marcus playing in 2010 against Clemson. If you haven’t read some of Jonky’s posts regarding Coach Spurrier, I suggest you do. Jonky has our Hall of Fame Coach as the Devil himself! This is the type of individual who should not have a gun.

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