Way back in 2010, Lattimore burst onto the scene by rushing for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman for SC.
Lattimore was a great college football player.
His star burgeoned in the early parts of the 2011 season, when he rushed for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games. His sophomore and junior seasons were abbreviated after sustaining major knee injuries. Lattimore dislocated his right knee, tore every ligament and suffered nerve damage. The fact that he was drafted at all, let alone as high as the fourth round, is a testament to just how good he was when he played.
Marcus Lattimore is back in football.
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University of SC head football coach Will Muschamp has named former Gamecock standout Marcus Lattimore as the Director of Player Development - Life Skills and the Beyond Football program, it was announced today.
Muschamp led the Gamecocks to a 9-4 mark this season. "He could have gone anywhere in the country and chose to stay here".
Lattimore's new role falls under the umbrella of Muschamp's "Beyond Football" initiative, which is created to help current players be better prepared for the off-the-field portions of their time as football players, while also seeking to put them in a position to succeed in their lives after football, something that Lattimore is uniquely qualified to help with.
He wanted to get back to SC for a while, especially since Will Muschamp was hired as the head coach, but he was forbidden to do so by the NCAA because he has a foundation that involves some Gamecocks recruits. He has an infectious attitude and personality and is a first-class individual.