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Former 49er running back joins South Carolina football staff


By Martin Gallegos, Bay Area News Group

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Marcus Lattimore is back in football.
The former 49ers fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft who was plagued by a knee injury is returning to his alma mater to join University of South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp’s coaching staff. According to a report from The State, Lattimore will serve as the director of player development. He will also have a role as the team’s spiritual advisor and chaplain.
"No one knowns how to handle adversity and success as a Gamecock more than Marcus Lattimore," Muschamp told ESPN. "He could have gone anywhere in the country and decided to stay here. He positively affects everyone around him. He has an infectious attitude and personality and is a first-class individual. He’ll be a tremendous asset to our organization."
Lattimore’s role will focus more on off-the-field activities of the student-athletes and helping them transition in and out of college athletics.
Lattimore was another one of former 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke’s failed reclamation projects. After suffering multiple knee injuries in college, including a gruesome injury his junior year at South Carolina that tore every ligament in his right knee and required surgery by specialist Dr. James Andrews, Baalke took a gamble on Lattimore in the fourth round. Surrounded by hype and expectations to eventually replace Frank Gore as the 49ers starting running back, Lattimore never played a down in the NFL, retiring from the league in 2014.