Marcus Lattimore stood silently in front of the mesh, ladder-style workout mat in South Carolina’s weight room yesterday, ready to show the NFL how far he has come since his horrific knee injury five months ago.
“I was a little nervous,” the former Gamecocks running back said, “but excited, too, that I could do this.”
Lattimore did a series of exercises designed to demonstrate the progress of his surgically repaired knee. He suffered a dislocated knee and several torn ligaments against Tennessee in October.
He did step-ups, box jumps, deep-knee bends, forward and backward lunges and one-legged balancing drills while holding weights for a group that included Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals, the only head coach at the workouts. Lattimore also caught passes with running backs and receivers.
He hopes he answered enough questions to gain a spot in next month’s NFL draft. He was considered a first-round NFL draft pick before the injury.
“They’ve seen me move a little bit. They’ve seen me use my feet, use my knee,” he said. “My knee’s fine. I think everything’s going to be all right.”