Maybe it’s time for Marcus Lattimore to try his luck somewhere else.

After a stellar freshman season in which he totaled 1,609 yards and scored 19 touchdowns, his college career at South Carolina hasn’t been especially kind and now ESPN reports that he will enter the NFL Draft. It’s not difficult to see why he’d choose to do so. In 2011 he tore ligaments in his left knee in the sixth game of the season, but returned in time for the 2012 season. This fall, he dislocated his right knee and suffered ligament damage when he hyperextended the leg on a gruesome play Oct. 27.

At that time, Coach Steve Spurrier was “optimistic his football days are ahead of him. He knows what the road ahead is. We’re all hoping and praying he’ll be back.”

Entering the April draft seems overly optimistic, given the injury and the original estimate that he’d need at least a year to recover. But Lattimore, Joe Schad reports, has been diligently rehabbing and has set a goal of jogging and catching passes for NFL executives by the end of March.

Lattimore has spoken with other running backs, like Willis McGahee, who’ve bounced back from knee injuries and he believes that it’s time to make the most of his ability by heading to the NFL.

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