Spurrier: Lattimore will play again

Good news from Columbia: South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier told an on-campus crowd gathered to celebrate Marcus Lattimore’s birthday that the injured running back will play football again.

From CBS Sports:

“The message he gave me was, ‘I’ll be back,’” Spurrier said. “So he’s coming back.”

A crowd consisting of 1,000-plus South Carolina fans gathered to show support for Lattimore’s recovery and celebrate his 21st birthday, not expecting news about his future.

“This is not a memorial service,” Spurrier said. “This is a happy birthday to Marcus and an appreciation for everything he’s done and is going to do for South Carolina.”

Several from around the SEC and the nation have reached out in support of Lattimore as he begins an uphill rehabilitation process. Added Spurrier: “I told somebody, he might be the most popular Gamecock player ever.”

The junior running back dislocated his right knee and sustained injuries to ligaments in the Gamecocks’ 38-35 win over Tennessee on Saturday.

He had been rated as the No. 1 running back in the NFL draft if he decided to leave school early, but the injury puts his draft status in doubt.

Lattimore has until mid-January to decide on whether to return to South Carolina or declare for the draft.

25 comments Add your comment

Slinger

October 30th, 2012
8:47 am

Great news! Wishing him the best from Dawg Country!

Dawgfan

October 30th, 2012
9:50 am

Wishing him the best in his recovery.

#1dawgfan

October 30th, 2012
9:52 am

My heart breaks for Marcus and i pray he will be able to accomplish all his goals in life. What a guy!

CJJScout

October 30th, 2012
9:57 am

How can you not cheer for this kid?

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

October 30th, 2012
10:06 am

What a refreshing example for college football, specifically the SEC. I have never seen him get in anyone’s face after running over them. He is nothing but respectful to his teammates and coaches, as well as to the opponent. If we could clone him at UGA I know several players whose antics would no longer be tolerated.
Good luck with your rehab, Marcus. We are all pulling for you.

atowndown

October 30th, 2012
10:07 am

he aint no good, he aint no dawg

old dog

October 30th, 2012
10:09 am

This old UGA Bull Dawg wishes this young man nothing but the best. He has shown himself as a worthy competitor, a fine young man, and has helped put South Carolina football on the map. Any true Dawg fan has to have respect for him; he has certainly earned it when he played us!

Runawaypoem

October 30th, 2012
10:12 am

Marcus, Several years back I became a big Florida fan because of Tebow and the example he was to the especially the young but, also the old people of this world. Today I thank you for being not just a football player but, a fine example to us all. Praying for your recovery.

air of mendacity

October 30th, 2012
10:17 am

what a great kid – I hope he can make it back – though it would be bad for dawgs if he does.

drdawg

October 30th, 2012
10:19 am

Great news. Sounds like it looked worse than it was. Hoping this young man gets to fullfill his destiny.

TrishaDishawareagle

October 30th, 2012
10:23 am

Good to hear, but I am sure as a projected #1 pick, SC and Spurrier have beena round the block a few times and had this young man enrolled in a catastrophic injury policy for some amount of possible future earnings.

old dog

October 30th, 2012
10:24 am

p.s.
Lattimore shows what an athlete should be; Crowell, on the other hand, showed what a loud-mouth scared of contact thug is. Glad he is gone.

SC Dawg

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

I feel bad for Marcus, but if he tries to play another college season, he’s an idiot. He should follow Willis McGahee’s example and declare for the draft. McGahee blew out his knee his Jr year in the national championship game in Jan 2002 and still went into the draft. Buffalo let him rehab for a year and he is now in his 10th season in the bigs. Marcus has gotten hurt each of his three seasons. He can always go back and finish his education with is signing bonus alone.

Tin Dawg

October 30th, 2012
10:35 am

Good luck Mr. Lattimore…You are one CLASSY young man

AHDawg

October 30th, 2012
10:36 am

It’s good news to hear he will be back. I hope he decides to enter the NFL draft so he can start getting paid for all he is worth. It would be awful to get another injury and have to pass up a great economic future for him and his family. Great young man! Great football player! The UGA team had a prayer for Marcus in the dressing room immediately after the UGA/FLA football. Good luck young man.

SC Dawg

October 30th, 2012
10:49 am

Great article on Fox Sports CollegeFootballNews.com…. http://cfn.scout.com/2/1234560.html

The writer explains, “No more tears, no more Twitter shout outs, no more prayers.” “If you really feel bad for the guy, and for all of you who keep arguing about “the love of the game” and how “money isn’t everything”, write him a check…….

Great article…

NotadawgfanSC

October 30th, 2012
10:59 am

atowndown is a dumb***. What a joke you are, Lattimore is the kind of student athelete every coach wishes he had on his team.

DAWG POUND

October 30th, 2012
11:24 am

“The writer explains, “No more tears, no more Twitter shout outs, no more prayers.” “If you really feel bad for the guy, and for all of you who keep arguing about “the love of the game” and how “money isn’t everything”, write him a check…….”

Oh that’s great! Write him a check and destroy what eligibility he has left at SC. Real smart!

CC

October 30th, 2012
11:27 am

I will be shocked if he ever plays another down of football.

SC Dawg

October 30th, 2012
11:51 am

Dumb Pound, you seem to miss the whole point. If he’s going to play another down of football, it should be in the NFL where one year of the league minimum would pay for 15 years of college education. He will always be “eligible” to receive an education.

Iloveuga

October 30th, 2012
11:52 am

My heart broke for him after his last injury.
This is great news-stay strong and prayers for a total recovery!

Notadawgfansc-don’t even bother with adowntown-there are idiots everywhere.

Go Dawgs!

old dog

October 30th, 2012
12:31 pm

@atowndown;
Who typed your message for you, you dumba$$. This is a fine young man, as opposed to snot-rags like you who are at the bottom of the food chain. Go get ‘em Marcus, and remember…..the entire SEC and nation are with you!

Blue

October 31st, 2012
1:43 pm

Atown: that’s WHY he IS good; because he is not a Dawg. Yeah…it’s not like he’s ever done anything good against UGA.

AlanFalcon

November 1st, 2012
5:25 pm

I would like to see Marcus come back but in a different sense, he can’t afford to play college ball again, one more injury and he’s done, if that is going to happen let it be with a professional team, for sure someone will pick him up after his rehab–Good Luck Marcus.

Defense wins Titles

November 4th, 2012
6:03 pm

Sorry Marcus, you are done. Move on sos, stuff on shingle. Keep out of Georgia. Beat us with carolina players, ahole.