The San Francisco 49ers were bounced from the Super Bowl run this past weekend by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, but make no mistake about it, this is still a young, talented team that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. They even have a young, dynamic talent waiting in the wings in running back Marcus Lattimore.
Remember him? The breakout back from the South Carolina Gamecocks who suffered a devastating knee injury that brought an abrupt end to his 2012 season, thus ending his South Carolina career as well.
Well, in last year’s NFL Draft, Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh thought enough of the young man, his talents and how well he was recovering from his extensive rehab to use a fourth round draft pick on him.
Still recovering from the knee, Lattimore sat out the entire year in 2013, making him the equivalent of an NFL redshirt.
But next season, Lattimore should be ready to go in full force, and Harbaugh believes that good things are ahead for the former best back in the SEC.
“I believe so, yes. I think this has been an outstanding year for Marcus. Tough at times, but I think great things will happen for him,” Harbaugh said, via CSNBayArea.com.
If this is the case, then the 49ers will have a decision to make on current running back Frank Gore. Gore is set to make just a little over $3 million next season, so if they feel that Lattimore is healthy enough to carry the load, the 31-year-old Gore could be on the outs with the team.