COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Marcus Lattimore will not play another snap for the University of South Carolina, according to a report from ESPN's Joe Schad.
The Gamecock running back has decided to enter the NFL Draft, Schad reported on Twitter Monday morning.
He suffered a season-ending right knee injury during USC's win over Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27. The scene that day will forever be remembered by fans far and wide as players from both teams surrounded the junior as most realized he'd suffer the same fate as he did in 2011.
Schad said junior has consulted with NFL running backs about his decision and understand he may not be able to play in 2013.
During a public birthday celebration on the Horseshoe for Lattimore, Steve Spurred said the team's all-time leader in touchdowns has a message for his supporters. "Tell them I'll be back," said Spurrier.
After talking about Lattimore's impact on his life and the team., Spurrier told the crowd he believed his star running back would return to the Gamecocks in 2013. "We're going to get Marcus for four or five years instead of three," said Spurrier.
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It appears Lattimore has changed his mind, according to Schad.
The details of Lattimore's decision have not been confirmed with the University of South Carolina. According to Schad, an official announcement is planned for later this week.
Lattimore will finish his NCAA career with 2,677 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns. His touchdown total is a school record.