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Marcus Lattimore is a complete workhorse as a running back and part of why the Gamecocks can beat almost anyone in the country. They use him as part of a grind-it-out, then gun it deep philosophy that Steve Spurrier made famous at Florida with guys like Fred Taylor and Rex Grossman.
However, Marcus is fighting a torn ACL injury that he sustained last year that many pros have even said takes two-to-three years to fully come back from. Lattimore was quoted by Brad Senkiw of Anderson, SC's Independent Mail about how it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing:
“It’s a mind thing. After your nine months are over, you have to get in your mind that you’ll be alright. It’s all in your mind. You just have to stay strong, and it makes you stronger in the end. A year from now or two years from now you’ll be a better player.”
And as long as he decides that he is ok, he will be a top running back. However, he won't be the same this year and his stock will fall because of it. It won't matter for the team who drafts him though, just look at Frank Gore.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.