COLUMBIA — South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore will hold a press conference in Columbia today to announce his future plans.
Lattimore, who will make his remarks at 4 p.m. alongside S.C. Head Coach Steve Spurrier, is expected to declare his intent to forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft in 2013.
Lattimore has been recovering since suffering damage to the tendons in his knee during a game against Tennessee. It was the second straight year the Byrnes High School product had experienced a season-ending injury.
In 2011 he ran for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns before a left knee injury sustained against Mississippi State in the seventh game of the season left him sidelined for the remainder of the year. Lattimore made his return in 2012 and had posted 662 yards and 11 touchdowns when his season ended.
Lattimore had been South Carolina’s primary offensive force the past three seasons, starting from the time he stepped on campus as a freshman in 2010 during which time he rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns. He helped the Gamecocks win the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and play in the league title game, where they fell to Auburn 56-17.
Lattimore set school records with 41 total touchdowns and 38 rushing touchdowns and has 2,677 career rushing yards, which is sixth in school history.