Marcus Lattimore knew he wasn't going to play in 2013, so he didn't even push the issue.
That didn't mean that he felt he couldn't.
was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL draft by the San
Francisco 49ers despite suffering a severe injury to his right knee in a
game against Tennessee, tearing his ACL, MCL and PCL - so devastating
and complete were the tears that his knee also dislocated.
that didn't deter 49ers' coach Jim Harbaugh from taking a flyer on a
kid that tore up the SEC as a freshman at South Carolina and improved
each season, citing form over function and gaining style points for his
hard-nosed running style - kind of like some dude named Frank Gore...
“Mentally was the biggest thing for me, understanding the offense,” Lattimore told 49ers.com of how Gore, the depth in the backfield and coach Tom Rathman helped him in his quest. “They showed
me how to play the game, honestly. I’m real excited about next year.”
now with his redshirt year coming to a close, Lattimore is remaining
patient and working on the 49ers' agenda, not his own, even though he
felt that he could have come off the team's non-football injury list and
contributed - but his time with the team has been beneficial to his
psyche and in the way that it has prepared him for his career in the
He also knows that the team is counting on his
development and have big plans for him - figuring out early what it's
going to take to find playing time once he does get into action. “If
you can’t protect the quarterback, you can’t play.”
Harbaugh thinks he's ready to do just that. “I think this has been an outstanding year for
Marcus. Tough at times, but I think great things will happen for him.”
Lattimore thinks so as well.
“Coach Harbaugh puts you in
the mindset of when you were younger and you had so much fun playing the
game. That’s how we play here. We have so much fun when we play. That’s
what people tend to forget when they get into the NFL."