2018 NFL Draft

Marcus Lattimore, RB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Duncan, SC
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 221 lbs.
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04/08/2013 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: There were 32 NFL teams represented at South Carolina Pro Day on March 27. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was among the coaches who attended. A total of 18 players worked out on field-turf outdoors in 50 degree weather with 5 mph wind. The scouts who attended enjoyed the well-run pro day. Marcus Lattimore RB (5-11 7/8, 219 pounds) - He did not do any sprints or jumps, but he did go through workout that approved by his medical team, however, Lattimore did catch the football in a stationary position. The entire South Carolina football team and Lattimore's mother gave Lattimore a loud ovation after he completed his final workout.

One scout said that as many pro days he's attended he's never seen a player get applauded for a workout. This kid is one of the nicest people you'll ever come across. His mother and step father are just wonderful people. It's unfortunate that he got hurt. He was a very, very good football player. It looks right now like he's battled all the odds and he's going to win and get a chance to play in the NFL. It's unbelievable what he's accomplished after a devastating injury in his last year at South Carolina. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/29/2013 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: Injuries have derailed a prospect once considered a potential first-rounder, but Lattimore maintained his usual upbeat attitude about what he accomplished at his pro day. "I could be out there doing something (in on-field drills), but it's not smart to be doing that at this time," he said. "I wanted to be out there bad, just get out there and run some routes. "(But scouts) were able to see me use my feet, use my knee and see that my knee is fine. It felt great, but I know I've got a lot of work to do and I need at least three or four more months before I put on some pads. I feel like my step-ups showed a lot, when I stepped up onto the box with my right leg. Just showing how stable it is, showing that it's still good and it's progressing."

Lattimore said he has been sprinting recently, though not at full speed, and that he still hopes to play in the first half of next season. He will not have a personal pro day, but will go to Indianapolis next Friday and Saturday for a follow-up examination by NFL doctors. They first examined him at last month's combine in Indianapolis. "Everything has been progressing perfect," he said. "I know I'll be back playing football, no doubt. One team is going to believe in me. I know that." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

03/29/2013 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: Marcus Lattimore hadn't walked onto the field at South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium since Oct. 27, when he suffered a gruesome injury to multiple ligaments in his right knee in a game against Tennessee. Five months later, the running back who spent three seasons helping to elevate the Gamecocks' program returned to their home field Wednesday to participate in South Carolina's pro day. Although he isn't ready yet to take part in on-field drills such as the 40-yard dash, he did some indoor exercises for NFL scouts to demonstrate the progress of his knee.

He quickly stepped in and out of the squares on a rope ladder. He jumped from a standing position onto an 18-inch box and did the same with a 24-inch box. He did step-up exercises onto a box. He did lunges, reverse lunges and balanced on one leg and lowered himself as far as he could. What it means for his NFL Draft status remains to be seen. The draft's third and final day is a month from Wednesday. The fourth through seventh rounds are picked on that day, and Lattimore is currently rated as a fourth- to fifth-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the No. 11 running back available in this class. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: Lattimore suffered a devastating knee injury in November, his second serious knee injury in as many years, and is furiously rehabbing to work out for scouts before the draft. He might be the most gifted running back in this draft class, but his durability is a bright red flag. Allen suffered a knee injury in late October that ended his season and kept him from participating at the combine. He has scheduled his pro day for April 9 in Greensboro, N.C., and is still in the conversation to be top receiver drafted. Carradine tore his ACL late in the 2012 season but is already a month ahead of his rehab schedule and has begun running. The potential first-round pick expects to be 100 percent by mid-April and plans to perform every agility and positional drill for scouts at his own pro day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/21/2013 - Three months after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, running back Marcus Lattimore says NFL doctors who examine him at this week's combine "will be shocked, I can tell you that." The former South Carolina star, who appeared on the school's weekly radio program Inside the Roost, said he's way ahead of schedule in his recovery. He won't do physical drills at the combine, but said he'll start running Monday and then "it's game on."

The school's all-time leader with 41 career touchdowns and 38 rushing scores, Lattimore sustained a gruesome injury Oct. 27 against Tennessee, tearing three ligaments and dislocating his right knee. He underwent surgery Nov. 7 and says he plans to play this fall. Lattimore has been rehabbing -- lifting weights, building strength in the knee and jogging lightly in a pool -- under the supervision of Dr. James Andrews, part of the team that performed the operation. Andrews, a Redskins physician, will be at the combine to answer questions from teams about Lattimore's progress. Andrews reportedly told Lattimore he'd "shock the world" with his recovery.

Lattimore (6-foot, 218 pounds) would have been a surefire first-round pick had he stayed healthy in 2012, even after missing the last six games of 2011 with a left knee injury. Now he's viewed as a fourth-round pick by CBSSports.com. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said Lattimore likely will go in the third round even though teams won't expect him to make an impact until 2014. - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Lattimore is an obvious focus for teams looking for a running back. When healthy, he's shown the vision, body lean and leg drive of an NFL workhorse and has been a standout since stepping onto the field for the Gamecocks as a true freshman. Unfortunately, though he's been a dominant force against SEC competition and scouts rave about his work ethic, he's facing an uphill battle in the NFL due to his struggles with durability, which appeared long before the Oct. 27 collision with a Tennessee defender which caused "Willis McGahee-like injuries" to his right knee and has since been characterized by his former head coach Steve Spurrier as a knee dislocation.

The 6-0, 220-pound Lattimore has long legs, which, in part due to his determined running style, take some hellacious hits. This has resulted in his missing action in each of his three seasons of college football. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/14/2012 - South Carolina Running Back Marcus Lattimore officially announced that he will forgo his final year of eligibility with the Gamecocks and enter the 2013 NFL draft at a press conference at Williams Brice Stadium on Wednesday. "This has easily been the best 3 years of my life" Lattimore said. But he'd go on to say "after lots of praying and discussion with my family, I decided this was the best decision for me. "

Lattimore suffered his 2nd year ending knee surgery in 2 season on October 27th against Tennessee. Dr. Jeff Guy, who performed the procedure, said Lattimore tore 3 of the 4 ligaments in his knee including the ACL which had to be completely restructured. But luckily there are no cartilage problems and says Lattimore is right on course for where he needs to be and shouldn't need additional surgeries. Gamecocks Head Coach Steve Spurrier said he supports Lattimore's decision to enter the draft "100%" going on to say "at some point when you can play this game the way Marcus can, you need to be financially rewarded." - Kevin Bilodeau, WCSC TV 5 News

12/10/2012 - South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore has decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to ESPN. After suffering a torn ACL in his left knee last year, he injured several ligaments in his right knee this past season after an ugly collision on Oct. 27 against Tennessee. Lattimore has first round talent and ability, but obviously the knee issues and durability concerns will weigh heavily on his draft stock. According to Joe Schad's report, Lattimore's recovery "is on schedule" but there is still a chance he might not be ready for the 2013 NFL season.

Few thought Willis McGahee would be a first round pick after he suffered a devastating knee injury in the National Championship Game in 2003, but after a remarkable recovery, he was drafted 23rd overall by the Buffalo Bills a few months later. It's unlikely Lattimore will be drafted as high, but his draft projection won't become clear until closer to the draft when he hopes to jog and make some football moves for NFL teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/10/2012 - Some might not agree with his decision to go pro, especially coming off back-to-back seasons ended by knee injuries. But making the jump now allows him to receive medical treatment from NFL teams and also a contract to get paid while he rehabs. There is also the concern that if he returned to school and suffered another injury that his career could be over without a chance in the NFL.

A native of Duncan, S.C., Lattimore finishes his Gamecock career with 2,677 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns. Thousands turned out for an on-campus celebration of Lattimore the week after his October injury, also celebrating his 21st birthday. Head coach Steve Spurrier, who once called Lattimore perhaps the most popular South Carolina player ever, was in attendance and gave fans even more reason to cheer.

"The message he gave me was, I'll be back," Spurrier said. "So he's coming back." Apparently Lattimore changed his mind. And it's tough to blame him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina, Jr., has been selected Honorable Mention All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - South Carolina football

11/09/2012 - Injured South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore won't attend the 12th-ranked Gamecocks contest with Arkansas on Saturday. The school said Thursday that Lattimore, team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy and head trainer Clint Haggard agreed that Lattimore should not attend. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier had said earlier in the week that Lattimore would be on hand when the school unveiled signage at Williams-Brice Stadium honoring the junior for his school career-best 38 rushing touchdowns. Lattimore suffered a gruesome right knee injury against Tennessee two weeks ago. He had surgery last Friday, Guy and other surgeons repairing several knee ligaments. Guy says there are no plans for additional operations. The school says Lattimore is in good spirits and has started his rehabilitation. Lattimore finished the season with 662 yards and 11 touchdowns. - AP Sports

10/22/2012 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expected star running back Marcus Lattimore back in the starting lineup this week against Tennessee. Lattimore missed several practices last week with a hip bruise and got only three carries for 13 yards in a 44-11 loss to No. 3 Florida this past Saturday. Spurrier said Sunday it didn't make sense to send Lattimore back into the game and risk aggravating the injury once the Gators opened a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter. The Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) rushed for just 36 yards. Kenny Miles started for Lattimore at The Swamp and finished with 15 yards. Freshman Mike Davis was the team leader with 20 yards on the ground. South Carolina fell eight spots in the rankings to No. 17. - AP Sports

10/18/2012 - South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore did not practice Wednesday because of a bruised hip and coach Steve Spurrier said his junior star might not start Saturday against No. 3 Florida. Spurrier had said Lattimore was running well earlier in the week, but the injury kept him out of Wednesday's workout. Lattimore arrived at practice let and watched from the sidelines. If Lattimore can't go, Spurrier says backup Kenny Miles and freshman Mike Davis would handle the load at tailback when the ninth-ranked Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) go against the Gators (6-0, 5-0). ''We're sort of banged up all of a sudden,'' Spurrier said. Spurrier said an injury like Lattimore's generally takes a week or two to heal. Lattimore had a touchdown, but gained just 35 yards on 13 carries in ninth-ranked South Carolina's 23-21 loss to the Tigers. Spurrier has gone back-and-forth on Lattimore's condition since Sunday. At first, he expected Lattimore to miss a couple of workouts, but said Tuesday that Lattimore had looked OK during Monday's session and expected him to play at The Swamp on Saturday. Then came Wednesday's twist. Lattimore is sixth among SEC rushers with 584 yards. He's tied with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for the SEC lead with 10 rushing TDs. ''It's not surgery type things,'' Spurrier said of Lattimore's condition. ''It appears it's something that'll be fine in a week or so.'' - AP Sports

10/17/2012 - In discussing Marcus Lattimore with reporters on Tuesday, Florida safety Josh Evans wasn't disrespectful. He didn't talk any smack. He said specifically that he didn't want to "take anything away" from the South Carolina star running back and invoked his 2011 ACL injury. But none of that matters much when you say point-blank that your opponent this week is not the player that he once was, and, per The Miami Herald, Evans did. "I think he lost a step a little bit from what we've seen before," Evans said, "but he's still showing statistics, so nothing to take away from him. I think that's due to the injury." As Florida blog Alligator Army documents, Lattimore's yards-per-carry numbers -- never quite eye-popping, thanks to his relative lack of long runs -- have, in fact, dipped in 2012 over his sensational 2010 freshman campaign and abbreviated 2011 season. As Evans himself points out, with Lattimore still only a year removed from major knee surgery, it would be difficult not to see a small setback in that department. But whether Lattimore has "lost a step" or not, it doesn't make much difference where his effectiveness is concerned. A larger role in the Gamecocks' passing game has meant that Lattimore still ranks second in the SEC in yards from scrimmage, and his 10 touchdowns are tied for the league lead among all players. It's also fair to say the stats don't always do Lattimore's bruising style justice. Though he ran for just 35 yards on 13 carries in the loss to LSU, the Tigers' success in penetrating the Carolina offensive line meant that even those 35 yards (and Lattimore's lone touchdown) were extremely hard to come by -- and yards that few other running backs would have earned. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: TB MARCUS LATTIMORE (South Carolina) -- Carried the pigskin 24 times for 109 yads and a touchdown against Georgia. - SEC football

10/06/2012 - Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, Ace Sanders had a dazzling 70-yard punt return touchdown and No. 6 South Carolina's defense dominated fifth-ranked Georgia in a 35-7 victory Saturday. The Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won their school-record 10th straight game with a performance that marked certainly marked them an Eastern Division front-runner -- and maybe showed they're capable of even more. Those tests come soon as South Carolina travels to once-beaten LSU next week and then to Florida on Oct. 20. It'd be hard to pick against the Gamecocks after this one. South Carolina grounded "Gurshall," holding Georgia's stellar freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to 76 yards combined. The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) finished with 224 yards, less than half their season's average coming in. Marcus Lattimore ended with 109 yards and a touchdown, the third straight time he's gone past the century mark on the Bulldogs. Coincidence the Gamecocks have posted their first-ever three game win streak in the series that began in 1894? The Gamecocks 10th straight victory surpasses a school best set with their 9-0 start in 1984. That team reached No. 2 in the country and were poised for the top spot when No. 1 Nebraska lost, but South Carolina fell to Navy to lose perhaps its best-ever shot at a national champion. Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks look capable at another run this season. - AP Sports

10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: TB MARCUS LATTIMORE (South Carolina) -- Rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns against Kentucky. - SEC football

09/29/2012 - After a sluggish first half, No. 6 South Carolina smothered Kentucky in the second half and pulled away to win 38-17 on Saturday night in an SEC game. The Gamecocks (5-0), who trailed 17-7 at halftime, broke away with a dominant third quarter. South Carolina rushed for 101 yards in the third after heading into halftime with 26 yards on the ground. Quarterback Connor Shaw's efficiency and running back Marcus Lattimore's power were too much for Kentucky's young defense to handle. Shaw was 5 of 5 for 54 yards and a touchdown pass in the third quarter. Lattimore's effect may have had more to do with the frequency of his carries than anything else. After five carries for 12 yards in the first quarter, he had eight rushes for 49 yards in the third quarter alone. Shaw finished 15 of 18 for 148 yards and two touchdowns; Lattimore's final total was 120 yards and two touchdowns on 23 rushes. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2012 - No. 8 South Carolina rolled to another victory, despite some uneven play on offense and ongoing injury problems at quarterback. The Gamecocks (3-0) beat UAB 49-6 on Saturday night, rolling up 501 yards and scoring 35 points after starting QB Connor Shaw left late in the second quarter after taking a brutal hit to his throwing shoulder at the same spot it was hurt in the season opener against Vanderbilt. "This was one of the closest 49-6 games I have ever been around," coach Steve Spurrier said. It was Spurrier's 200th college coaching win, but he even shrugged that off. He counts his wins in the NFL and USFL too. "I have 47 others, so it sort of blends in," said Spurrier, who joined Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Texas' Mack Brown and Nevada's Chris Ault as the only active Division I coaches to reach that mark. Spurrier didn't think his quarterbacks made good throws at times and his running game didn't start to click until late when the game was well decided. Marcus Lattimore carried the ball 12 times for 85 yards. The all-SEC back hasn't topped the 100-yard mark in five of his past seven games. But the junior's 2-yard TD run in the second quarter gave him the school's record for touchdowns at 34 and tied him for all-time rushing TDs at 31. Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers held both those marks previously. - AP Sports

09/11/2012 - RB Marcus Lattimore rushed for only 40 yards on 13 carries against East Carolina, but his six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the 33rd of his collegiate career. That ties George Rogers and Harold Green for most in a Gamecocks career. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - Junior Marcus Lattimore played in his first game after sitting out the second half of the 2011 season because of to knee surgery. He picked up right where he left off, however rushing 23 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. That was enough to earn him Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. He leads the nation in career rushing yards per game, averaging 101.2 in 21 starts. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Lattimore, Running Back, South Carolina...Making his first appearance since a season-ending knee injury last October, Lattimore rushed for a game-high 110 yards on 23 carries and a pair of touchdowns in South Carolina's 17-13 win at Vanderbilt...Lattimore also had a team-high three receptions for 21 yards...His 29-yard run in the first quarter gave the Gamecocks a 7-0 lead. His second score, a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, put Carolina ahead to stay, 17-13. - SEC football

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 26. - The Sports XchangeMarcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: Like fellow SEC star Justin Hunter, Lattimore will have to prove he's over the torn ACL that ended his 2011 season prematurely to warrant listing this high. Just as Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson were the unquestioned top backs each of the past two seasons, however, there is no doubt that if Lattimore is healthy, he has established himself as a superstar. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/30/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: South Carolina at Vanderbilt, Aug. 30 -- The Gamecocks have won three consecutive games against Vanderbilt, but each has been hard fought. They understand the Commodores lying in wait when they come to Nashville. Vanderbilt has a new found confidence following 2011. Despite finishing with a 6-7 record, Vandy advanced to a bowl game under first year coach James Franklin. The Gamecocks have bigger goals as, following a school record 11 victories a year ago, the team hopes to win its first Southeastern Conference title. KEYS TO THE GAME: South Carolina will attempt to establish the run against Vanderbilt, which means going to TB Marcus Lattimore early and often. That will allow the QB Connor Shaw to more easily work the receiving corps into the game. The play is to potentially give the ball to Lattimore 25-to-30 times, with backup Kenny Miles getting 10-to-15 carries. The Gamecocks will be more aggressive on defense, but coordinator Lorenzo Ward may have to temper the aggression due to an inexperienced secondary. P Tyler Hull and K Adam Yates are first time starters. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Marcus Lattimore -- The junior All-American is the foundation of the South Carolina offense. Although the unit played well in their last three games, the offense is much better with Lattimore in it. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I love carrying the ball. When I'm in the zone, and it is third and three or four, I don't even think about how many carries I've got. I'm just going as hard as I can." -- RB Marcus Lattimore, on whether he wants his carries to be limited this season. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - Marcus Lattimore ran for two touchdowns and 110 yards, and Connor Shaw ran for 92 yards while playing the second half with an injured shoulder as No. 9 South Carolina rallied for a 17-13 victory against Vanderbilt to open the season Thursday night. Shaw hurt his right, throwing shoulder late in the first half and missed the first two series of the third quarter before returning. The junior drove the Gamecocks for the go-ahead touchdown and ran 12 yards to the Vandy 1 before rolling in pain in the end zone. Lattimore scored the go-ahead TD on a 1-yard run with 11:25 to go. The Commodores turned it over on downs with 1:47 to go when Jordan Matthews couldn't handle fourth-down pass from Jordan Rodgers. Gamecocks defensive back D.J. Swearinger appeared to grab Matthews' arm before the ball arrived. - AP Sports

08/16/2012 - South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore looked strong in his brief showing at the Gamecocks' scrimmage Wednesday night. Lattimore is returning from knee ligament surgery after tearing his ACL against Mississippi State midway through last season. Lattimore missed South Carolina's final six games. Lattimore didn't play after South Carolina's first two offensive series. He rushed for 23 yards on five carries, two which went for first downs. He also caught a pass for 5 yards. Lattimore also showed off his tough, inside running style, breaking several tackles. Lattimore's been South Carolina's leading rusher the past two seasons. He gained 1,197 yards as a freshman. He had 808 yards through seven games a year ago when he got hurt. The Gamecocks open the season at Vanderbilt on Aug. 30. - AP Sports

08/07/2012 - COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE NON-QBS: 7. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, RB: Steve Spurrier experienced life without his star in 2011 and the Gamecocks fared pretty well after Lattimore was lost in mid-October to a knee injury thanks to Brandon Wilds, Kenny Miles and QB Connor Shaw's own wheels. The Gamecocks averaged over 185 yards on the ground in those and eclipsed the 200-yard mark against Florida and arch-rival Clemson. Would they have been even better with Lattimore, no doubt, but this is case where the options behind the stud are still pretty good. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

08/06/2012 - PRO PROSPECTS ON THE MEND: RB MARCUS LATTIMORE, South Carolina, INJURY: Torn ACL (left knee), October 15 - missed final 6 games of 2011...Considered one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy last year, Lattimore's All-American worthy sophomore season took a turn for the worse - literally. With over 800 yards over his first seven games, he was among the nation's leader in rushing, tallying four 100-yard performances including a career-high 246 rushing yards against Navy. However, Lattimore suffered a knee injury in an October win over Mississippi State and left the game on crutches. Originally diagnosed with a "knee sprain," he needed surgery to repair knee ligaments that ended his 2011 season and kept him from practicing this past spring. Even with the injury concerns, Lattimore is considered the top draft-eligible running back for the 2013 NFL Draft and should cement that status if he returns fully healthy this fall. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/03/2012 - It has been almost 10 months since running back Marcus Lattimore took a handoff for the South Carolina football team. Lattimore, a junior running back who starred at Byrnes High before leading the Gameococks in rushing the past two seasons, went down with a knee injury in the seventh game in 2011. Following an operation and vigorous rehabilitation, Lattimore has been cleared to participate in fall practice, which begins at 7:30 tonight at the Proving Grounds for the team team that learned Thursday it will open the season ranked No. 9 nationally in the USA TODAY coaches poll. While fans attending the workout will be looking forward to watching Lattimore work his magic on the field, Carolina plans to take a careful approach as it re-integrates its leading rusher of the past two seasons. "He wanted to come back and participate in the spring," said USC running backs coach Everette Sands. "But we weren't winning any games in the spring. We were like ???Nah, we're not going to let you in there.' That was the one thing to worry about - was he going to work too hard and making sure he didn't push himself too hard." USC coach Steve Spurrier is not a believer in a lot of contract during practice, which would allow Lattimore to ease back into action. "We don't really tackle too much to the ground," Spurrier said. "We try not to fall into legs and that kind of stuff unless we're scrimmaging, and Marcus didn't scrimmage that much last year before the season, anyway. "... From what I understand he should be ready to do everything he did last year." - Willie T. Smith III, Greenville Online

08/03/2012 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was happy with the Gamecocks first practice of the fall on Friday. But he's had plenty of reasons to be upbeat this offseason. There were no questions after practice about who was going to start at quarterback or the off-field behavior of his main signal caller for the first time in several years. And star running back Marcus Lattimore was back after missing the last six games of last year with torn ligaments in his knee. Lattimore wore a heavy brace on his left knee, but he made cuts and showed a burst of speed after catching several passes. The several hundred fans that watched the opening practice clapped as the junior jogged during warm ups and gave him a good natured moan when he dropped an easy catch. "Marcus was running around full go as we expected. I asked him if he could do everything, and he said, `Yea, I'm doing everything coach," Spurrier said. Lattimore didn't speak to reporters after practice. He was the SEC freshman of the year in 2010 running for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was hurt last season blocking for receiver Bruce Ellington downfield, but Spurrier and his teammates say the knee is fully recovered. "He's one of the best running backs in the league. We're excited he is back to help our offense," Ellington said. - AP Sports

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RB Marcus Lattimore (201), South Carolina, Jr.,...Lattimore, a six-foot, 218-pounder from Duncan, S.C., has also been named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award watch lists. - South Carolina football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina...The University of South Carolina football team was represented by eight players on the 2012 Coaches Preseason All-SEC teams. The Gamecocks had two players receive first-team recognition, four players earn spots on the second team and two players make the preseason All-SEC third team. Lattimore, a six-foot, 218-pounder from Duncan, S.C., has also been named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award watch lists. - South Carolina football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Marcus Lattimore, junior, RB, South Carolina, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Lattimore, a six-foot, 218-pounder from Duncan, S.C., has also been named to the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award watch lists, while being a preseason first-team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and the media. - South Carolina football

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Marcus Lattimore (Jr.), South Carolina, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. After just two seasons in the Garnet & Black, Lattimore ranks 14th in school history with 2,015 rushing yards, is tied for third with 27 rushing touchdowns and is third with 30 touchdowns scored. He owns eight career 100-yard rushing games. Off the field, he was named the Dr. Harris Pastides Scholar-Athlete for football at the 2012 Garnet & Black Spring Game and was recently nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. - South Carolina football

07/17/2012 - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier had plenty of zingers in his back pocket as he strolled to the podium at SEC media days for yet another go around with reporters from across the county. Entering his eighth season in charge of the Gamecocks, he was dressed appropriately with a spiffy garnet blazer and came out firing as only a walking quote machine could. Spurrier on injured running back Marcus Lattimore: "The doctors can do wonderful things now with those knee surgeries. We think we got one of the best in the country, Dr. Jeff Guy, that we think is certainly one of the best. Feels like he got a very good surgery. Marcus rehabbed it beautifully, done everything they asked and probably a little bit more. He should be ready to go." - Bryan Fischer, CBS Sports

07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, RB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/27/2012 - Heisman Watch 2012: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina - After scoring 19 touchdowns as a freshman in 2010, Lattimore was well on his way to becoming a potential Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011 before suffering a season-ending injury in October. The sophomore's numbers were astounding in just over six games (818 rushing yards, 182 receiving yards, 11 TDs). He returns in 2012 fully healthy and will again be the focal point for a very good Gamecocks team. With Trent Richardson now a member of the Cleveland Browns, Lattimore's combination of physical gifts and on-the-field production make him the most talented back in the nation's most competitive conference. - Nicholas DeLorenzo, The Sports Network

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 24. *Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: Lattimore, like fellow SEC star Justin Hunter, will have to prove that he's over the torn ACL that ended his 2011 season prematurely to warrant listing this high. Just as Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson were the unquestioned top backs each of the past two seasons, however, there is no doubt that if Lattimore is healthy, he's established himself as a superstar. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/17/2012 - South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore realized during his time away from football he hadn't done nearly enough to keep himself healthy and help the Gamecocks succeed. Lattimore missed the last six games of the season and all of the team's just concluded spring practice as he rehabbed from torn ligaments in his left knee. Injured in the second half of South Carolina's 14-10 victory at Mississippi State last October, he had surgery a month later. Since then, has thrown himself into returning even stronger. "The main thing is getting stronger," Lattimore said. "I feel like I'm almost there." Lattimore used the time away from team workouts and practices to break down everything he did as a football player. He certainly appeared to do his share on the field, rushing for team highs of 818 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing the last six games of South Carolina's 11-2 season. But Lattimore acknowledges he didn't know as much as he could about the offense or follow training guidelines as closely as possible. For example, he didn't always use cool tubs and hot tubs to soothe or perk up muscles worn from working at their peak. It might not sound like much, but in Lattimore's eyes, it was the difference between a so-so gain and a long run toward the end zone. "I'll never take my legs for granted again," he said. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and first-year running backs coach Everette Sands expect Lattimore to be at full speed this summer. Lattimore was often seen working on high knee steps or doing sprints on the sidelines while his teammates worked out on the field. "It's going to be nice when we get him back out there," said Sands, a former standout tailback for the Citadel. - AP Sports