Lattimore spent three years with the Gamecocks as a running back, rushing for 2,677 yards and 38 touchdowns. A gruesome injury cut his collegiate and National Football League career short, but at one point was one of the best collegiate running backs in the country. That's when his injury nightmares began-Lattimore tore the ACL in his right knee against Mississippi State, an injury that ended his sophomore campaign. After suffering multiple knee injuries in college, including a gruesome injury his junior year at SC that tore every ligament in his right knee and required surgery by specialist Dr. James Andrews, Baalke took a gamble on Lattimore in the fourth round.
He declared for the draft that offseason and was taken in the fourth round by the 49ers.
South Carolina Gamecocks Coach Will Muschamp and his assistants are getting pay raises after leading the team to its best season in four years.
Marcus Lattimore is rejoining SC football.
SC record-holder Marcus Lattimore is returning to the Gamecocks as director of player development and life skills. But Lattimore never got back to full strength and didn't appear in a game for San Francisco before he retired from football at the age of 23.
"It is a pretty full circle moment to be able to go back to my university and help them", Lattimore said. Lattimore will also oversee the Gamecocks' Beyond Football program, which exposes players to off-field careers. He has an infectious attitude and personality and is a first-class individual.