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Marcus Lattimore South Carolina Nfl Draft 2013 Knee Injury

Marcus Lattimore: Rams, Patriots, Eagles, 49ers “Showing Me a lot of Love”

Six months after South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered one of the most gruesome injuries of the 2012 college football season, the 21-year-old is ready to be drafted. Where and when, he’s not sure, but it certainly won’t be with the same fanfare he would have received had he not blown out his knee against Tennessee in October. Marcus Lattimore joined The Dan Patrick Show to discuss his major knee injury, the recovery time, the progress he’s making, his draft stock and injuries this one compares to.

On what he still can’t do like he once did before:

“Agility. Right now I have to wait maybe another 2-3 weeks and then I can start doing some agility and side-to-side. But right now I’ve been running straight ahead, been doing sprints, been jumping on boxes, doing a lot of different things. But right now, I can’t do agility.”

On what he’d tell teams that questioned the state of his knee:

“You can call Dr. Andrews. He’s the one who did my surgery and he’ll tell you everything that’s going on, and that I’m going to be in good shape come 3-4 months from now. And I’ll be that same player, so that’s the main thing. And I’m a hard worker, so I’m gonna get the job done.”

On if teams have been calling Dr. James Andrews about him:

“Yes, sir, they have. And he tells me about it. He tells them everything he tells me. He tells me to keep working hard and everything’s gonna work out.”

On who Andrews has worked on for similar injuries:

“Adrian Peterson, he kind of had something similar but it wasn’t as bad. Willis McGahee, Frank Gore.”

On Peterson’s injury not being as bad as his:

“Oh no.”

On the details of the injury:

“I had a dislocated kneecap and I tore my ACL, LCL and MCL when that happened. So it was kind of similar to Willis McGahee, what he had in that Miami game, his national championship game. … Adrian, I think, just had ACL and MCL.”

On if McGahee contacted him after he suffered the injury:

“Yes he did, he was one of the first people to call me.”

On how long the usual recovery is in cases like these:

“It’s around a year, but it really depends on how you feel. You know your body, you know how it reacts to certain things. So it’s a year to 15 months.”

On who has shown the most interest in him:

“Three or four teams, to tell you the truth. I’ve been to St. Louis, been to New England, Philly, San Fran. They’re all showing me a lot of love, so we’ll see what happens.”

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