Former South Carolina Gamecocks star running back Marcus Lattimore took part in the program's pro day on Wednesday, according to a report by Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports.
USA Today's Robert Klemko captured an image of Lattimore doing drills on an agility ladder with a football tucked under his right arm. He also notes that representatives from all 32 NFL teams were in attendance:
Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko
Marcus Lattimore worked out for reps from 32 teams today at SC. Room burst into applause when he was done. http://t.co/c7t5EPAMxb3/27/2013, 6:29:19 PM
The sight had to be a welcome one for not only the South Carolina faithful, but also for football fans in general. It is truly amazing that Lattimore was even able to participate to begin with.
Back in only October, Lattimore suffered a horrendous knee injury against Tennessee that looked career-threatening.
However, as reported by Brian McConchie of MidlandsConnect.com back in February, Lattimore appeared on South Carolina's "Inside the Roost" radio program to indicate that he would shock doctors with his progress in rehabbing his knee at the NFL Scouting Combine.
No matter how ahead of schedule he might have been, very few people expected to see Lattimore show up and go through workouts in Columbia on Wednesday.
Tony Pauline of NFLDraftInsider.net provided more details as to what precisely Lattimore did, noting that he didn't go through a full workout:
Tony Pauline @TonyPauline
Can confirm; Marcus Lattimore/RB/SC will do 15-20 min workout of rehab drills (ladder drills/etc) to show strength & ability to move on knee3/27/2013, 2:59:10 PM
Still, the fact that Lattimore even hit the field today is a sign of how determined he is to get back. Suddenly, the decision he made to enter the 2013 NFL draft doesn't seem quite as reckless or misguided in light of his shockingly improving health.
Lattimore had the final two of his three seasons at South Carolina cut short by knee injuries, but that didn't stop him from being a prolific runner with an uncanny nose for the end zone. He ran for double-digit touchdowns in each of his three years for Steve Spurrier's bunch.
In Wednesday's showcase of perseverance and fortitude, he should have accomplished what he set out to do—improve his draft stock—and then some.