Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier called running back Marcus Lattimore the most popular player in team history. It's probably because he never felt sorry for himself after suffering a torn left ACL in mid-2011 and then three torn ligaments and a dislocated right kneecap Oct. 27 last season.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports one scout said, "I've had trainers tell me he's so far away. One told me he's not going to make it back ever. Others say he'll get back to a certain level. It's a tough repair and a tough rehab." Lattimore rushed for 1,197 yards as a true freshman in 2010. "He wasn't a real talent or anything," another scout said. "He's a 4.7. He was good because he's smart (Wonderlic of 18), understands the (game) and is a great kid. He would have found a way to make yards in the league." He finished with 2,677 yards (4.8) in 555 carries and 74 catches for 767 (10.4). "I think the world of the kid," a third scout said. "It will all come down to the doctors."
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