Injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft, The Associated Press has learned.
One person said Monday that Lattimore is expected to announce his decision this week.
The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 27. Doctors say Lattimore had successful surgery to repair several ligaments on Nov. 2. It is unclear when he’ll be able to return to the field.
Lattimore injured his left knee in 2011 as a sophomore. He rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, both team highs. He is South Carolina’s career leader in both overall touchdowns with 41 and rushing scores with 38.
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.
He missed the final six games of 2011 after tearing a knee ligament at Mississippi State. Lattimore had surgery on the left knee and plunged himself into rehab, returning for summer workouts with his teammates in early June.
Lattimore show few effects from the injury this season. He had three games with at least 100 yards rushing and appeared on the way to a fourth against the Vols when he was hurt again.
His left leg flopped to the turf and Lattimore struggled to contain his emotions in a silent Williams-Brice Stadium.
Players from both teams surrounded Lattimore as doctors and trainers worked on the knee.
Two days later, South Carolina held a rally on campus to celebrate Lattimore’s 21st birthday and wish him well in his recovery. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier told the crowd he gotten a message from Lattimore to tell them, “I’ll be back.”
Kentuckiana players on All-America team
Eastern Kentucky University senior offensive lineman Aaron Adams, and Murray State’s Casey Brockman and Walter Powell were named to All-America teams by The Sports Network.
Powell, a junior wide receiver/return specialist, was named to the first team after finishing the season second in the FCS in all-purpose yards, averaging 193.0 per game. As a receiver, he set school records for receptions (94) and yards (1,213).
Adams helped the Colonels rank second in the Ohio Valley Conference and 20th nationally in rushing yards per game with 205.8 ypg.
Brockman was named the third-team quarterback. He finished the year 359 for 517 for 3,729 yards and 28 touchdowns.
* Ohio State: All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has announced he will give up his senior season to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft.
* Colorado: Mike MacIntyre is leaving San Jose State to coach the Buffaloes. The school announced that MacIntyre signed a five-year deal.
His hiring ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones, who took over at Tennessee.