When South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was laying on the field after tearing his knee up for the second time in his collegiate career, there was a lot of doubt in peoples’ minds as to whether or not he would ever have a chance at the next level.
In the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, though, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was not one of those doubters and he took a chance on Lattimore, even though it was known that he couldn’t play a down last season because of the injury.
With 2014 now upon us, everyone is looking forward to seeing the talented Lattimore with the ball in his hands once again, and courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers themselves, here’s the first look from practice on Friday of Lattimore with the ball in his hands.
Lattimore made an immediate impact as a freshman for South Carolina in the SEC in 2010, rushing for over 1,110 yards and 17 touchdowns. Unfortunately, though, the sophomore and junior seasons were derailed with the knee injuries and he opted to skip his senior season in Columbia.
With the 49ers drafting Carlos Hyde in the draft this year and Frank Gore coming back, should Lattimore be 100% healthy, then the Niners could have one of the most dangerous backfields in the league.