Thursday, March 28, 2013

NUC Alumni: Marcus Lattimore: The comeback kid

NUC Alumni: Marcus Lattimore: The comeback kid
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NUC Alumni: Marcus Lattimore: The comeback kid

Courtesy: Ron Simmons/NUC
          Release: March 28, 2013
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In high school, Marcus Lattimore was a man playing among boys. There's no need to question his ability or success, as his appraisal explains it all. During his junior season of high school in 2008, ESPN RISE named him National High School Junior Football Player of the Year. He was also listed as an All-American by USA-Today.
Lattimore committed to the University of South Carolina in 2009. Unlike most, Lattimore came into South Carolina ready to start at running back as a true freshman. Lattimore earned his stripes as a powerful shifty runner who embraces contact. A prime example of his physical running style would be his game against the Georgia Bulldogs in 2010. Lattimore broke 42 tackles with only 37 carries, gained 182 yards, and two touchdowns.
Marcus Lattimore would continue to string together plenty of impressive stats throughout the next season and a half. Unfortunately, on October 27, 2012, Lattimore suffered an injury (torn ACL, PCL, and MCL) to his right leg against the Tennessee Vols. The injury was an injury that Lattimore could eventually recover, but not many people expect him to recover so soon.
During a press conference on December 12, 2012, Lattimore confirmed that he would enter the 2013 NFL Draft. It was recently said that Marcus Lattimore had a very impressive Pro Day after his surgery, impressing many NFL scouts.
We all know Lattimore has the ability to be great in the NFL as a running back, but maybe some people are concerned with his durability after suffering an injury. But Lattimore has shown us that he has what it takes and that he's willing to work his way back to the top.
"Marcus was a star right from the time he was a sophomore at our South Carolina combine, but the perseverance he has displayed in the face of adversity is amazing. He is a player that has always displayed the attributes of star and he will do the same at the next level," said David Schuman.
Once he is 100% healthy, there's no telling what he can do at the next level.
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