Marcus Lattimore says he wouldn’t have skipped a bowl game in favor of draft preparation, even knowing the impact a major injury had on his football career.
The former Gamecock supported Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey in their choice to sit out bowl games to recover from injuries and prepare for the NFL draft. But he told SEC Network that he “probably couldn’t do it” and that he “wanted the team on my back.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 21, 2016
Lattimore’s career was actually cut short by two major knee injuries. Those are the injuries McCaffrey and Fournette are likely trying to avoid as they skip the Sun Bowl and the Citrus Bowl, respectively.
The former Gamecock missed the final six games of his sophomore season with a major knee injury. He missed the last four games of his junior year with another major knee injury. He skipped his senior season to enter the draft, where San Francisco drafted him in the fourth round.