Lattimore won't attend Arkansas game

jkendall@thestate.comNovember 8, 2012 

Marcus Lattimore


Marcus Lattimore will not attend a ceremony Saturday during which he will be recognized for the school’s rushing touchdowns record by having his name put on the Williams-Brice Stadium ramp signage.

Coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday he expected Lattimore to attend Saturday’s game against Arkansas and receive “an ovation maybe like there’s never been one at Williams-Brice.” However, the school released a statement Thursday saying Lattimore, USC team physician Jeffrey Guy and head athletic trainer Clint Haggard decided it would be unwise for Lattimore to attend the game.

The release also confirmed what running backs coach Everette Sands said Wednesday night, that the surgery Lattimore had Friday is expected to be the only one he needs to repair damage to several ligaments suffered Oct. 27 against Tennessee. The surgery was performed by Guy, Dr. Lyle Cain, and USC team consultant Dr. James Andrews, who is one of the country’s most famous orthopedic surgeons.

Lattimore has scored 38 rushing touchdowns (41 overall) in 29 games at South Carolina. He has 2,677 career yards.

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