January 23, 02013
Marcus Lattimore doesn’t need to say he is going to shock the world.
Dr. James Andrews, the man who reconstructed his gruesomely injured right knee, said it for him.
The South Carolina running back is an early entrant in the NFL draft. He’s not participating in the Senior Bowl but he is here and has big plans moving forward as he continues to rehabilitate from his injury.
“When Dr. Andrews came in and seen me, he said, you're doing remarkable, you're doing everything you can," Lattimore said, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. "His words was, 'You're going to shock the world.' That's what Dr. Andrews said."
Lattimore has been down the rehab trail before. He tore the ACL in his left knee during the 2011 season. It bothers him that he cannot be considered the top pick in the draft but he draws inspiration from Broncos running back Willis McGahee, who suffered an ugly knee injury in his final college game at Miami. McGahee still wound up being a first-round pick.
"I know when I get on that team, I'm going to work as hard as I can," Lattimore said. "And I know what I can do on that field. I can catch, I can run, I can block, I can do it all, and there's no doubt that I'll be a starter."
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