Intense training has Lattimore 'on pace to play this year'

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Twice a day, four days a week. Marcus Lattimore's life is now dedicated to the gym. The former Gamecock running back is in the middle of an 'intense' rehab program to strengthen his injured knee before the NFL draft.

"I'm down in Pensacola, Florida at the Andrews Institute training Monday through Friday and it's going great," said Lattimore. "I haven't had any setbacks."

The running back said it's going so great, Doctors have told him he's roughly three months ahead of schedule.

"I'm on pace to play this year," said Lattimore.

Lattimore suffered his second season ending knee surgery on October 27th against Tennessee. Dr. Jeff Guy, who performed the procedure, said Lattimore tore three of four ligaments in his knee including the ACL which had to be completely restructured.

"It looked bad but there's a lot worse that could have happened," said Lattimore.

He admits it could have been career ending worse but through the pain, recovery and rehab Lattimore says he remains focused on one goal - getting to the next level.

"I'm doing squats. I'm doing jumps and a lot of ab work, said Lattimore. "I'm doing a lot of upper body and just building my leg strength back. It's pretty intense."

As he works through his training routine, Lattimore says he's aware of the talk surrounding him and his knee and how it will translate to big stage of the NFL. He says the talk of him failing has made him work harder.

"I feel like I didn't have a knee injury," said the former Gamecock. "I have faith in myself, faith in God and everybody around me. I'm worth a high pick."

He finished his career with 2,677 rushing yards, sixth on Carolina's all-time list.

He is the school record-holder in both rushing touchdowns (38) and touchdowns scored (41). He ranks fourth in rushing attempts (555), third in points scored (24, Most among non-kickers) and tied for second in 100-yard rushing games (11).

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