Former South Carolina great Marcus Lattimore joining staff

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Way back in 2010, Lattimore burst onto the scene by rushing for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman for SC.

Lattimore confirmed the reports on Twitter Thursday afternoon. 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. His sophomore and junior seasons were abbreviated after sustaining major knee injuries.

Lattimore tore his ACL and missed the second half of the 2011 season before missing the last three games of 2012 after dislocating his kneecap and tearing several ligaments in his knee in a game against Tennessee.

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Former South Carolina running and first-team All-SEC performer Marcus Lattimore was going to re-join his alma mater's coaching staff a couple years ago.

Lattimore, 26, is one of the most beloved Gamecocks to don the Garnet and Black. "As a standout high school player, he could have gone anywhere, but chose to stay home and play for his state's flagship university".

Though the San Francisco 49ers drafted Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, he never appeared in a regular-season game. He positively affects everyone around him. He initially wanted to hire Lattimore as an advisor for the program, but the NCAA blocked the move because Lattimore was operating camps for high school prospects in the state of SC. "He'll be a tremendous asset to our organization".

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