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Lattimore makes early leap to NFL official

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Earlier this week, it was reported that Marcus Lattimore would be leaving South Carolina for the NFL.

Wednesday, Lattimore officially confirmed those reports.

At a press conference late Wednesday afternoon, the junior running back announced that he has decided to forego his remaining season of eligibility to play in the NFL.  Whether playing in the NFL involves the 2013 season remains to be seen.

Lattimore suffered a devastating knee injury earlier this year, dislocating a kneecap and tearing three major ligaments.  That was his second consecutive season-ending knee injury; his 2011 season was curtailed by a torn ACL.

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.

Despite two significant in-season injuries and the fact that he spent just three years in Columbia, Lattimore leaves 2,677 rushing yards, sixth on Carolina’s all-time list.  He holds school records for both rushing touchdowns (38) and touchdowns scored (41).

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10 Responses to “Lattimore makes early leap to NFL official”
  1. clevelandschronic2 says: Dec 12, 2012 6:28 PM

    Wouldnt mind seeing this guy and Richardson in the same backfield wearing orange and brown. All depends on where he is projected to go. Either way hope he fully recovers from this nasty injury.

  2. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 6:35 PM

    Best of luck Marcus! Just make sure you earn that degree from Carolina. That more than anything will open doors for you after football. Here’s for a speedy recovery and successful career in whatever you decide to do.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Dec 12, 2012 6:39 PM

    I don’t think anyone can really blame him for this. After suffering two (or more depending on how you count it) serious knee injuries, no need to risk any more while playing for free.

    Good luck to him. Absolute beast of a running back who seems like he was very well respected-even by the players on opposing teams.

  4. britkei says: Dec 12, 2012 7:24 PM

    Feel sorry for how the young man’s college career ended. Would like to see him work himself back and have an excellent pro career considering all he’s been through.

  5. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 12, 2012 7:29 PM

    Congrats! Get that Degree! And the same Doctors and regiment as Adrian Peterson! Good Luck

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 12, 2012 7:56 PM

    The Gamecocks will suffer at his departure, but I am sure Lattimore is doing what is best for his future, with two years already cut short due to injury, if he can get a NFL contract and somehow stay healthy for at least a few years he may get some money from the NFL. I hope his advisors are all suggesting to Marcus as thegamecocker and others have suggested, that he continues studies at USC and gets his degree. That will be his meal ticket so much longer than even a average length career in the NFL.

    good word ebrownwareagle. He has a good chance if he does the same thing that Adrian did, hopefully has similar results.

  7. huskersrock1 says: Dec 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    @ebrownwareagle

    Not trying to be negative just curious. How would he afford the same doctors and trainers as AP. His draft stock is low because of his injuries. Does anyone know if he can maintain his insurance from South Carolina after he declares for the draft? Can he pick his trainers given the insurance he has?

  8. clemsonstillsucks says: Dec 12, 2012 11:32 PM

    That’s a good question. If he can sign with the right agent (and he will) that portion of his rehab “above and beyond” the school’s coverage, should that become an issue, could easily be advanced against his future contract.

    Make no bones about it – he is an intelligent hard worker with a head for football. Some team will get a deal when they draft him, and he will sign his share of NFL contracts.

  9. thebigtim2012 says: Dec 13, 2012 8:52 AM

    So sorry to see him leave it has been a true pleasure watching him these last few years hopefully a good team picks him up and doesn’t rush him. I’d love to see the pats pick him up and just let him take his time and develop into the beast I know he can be

  10. garyzx7r says: Dec 14, 2012 10:00 AM

    Good luck! I enjoyed watching him at SC, and with some luck, maybe I’ll see him sharing a backfield sometime with Richardson in Cleveland

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