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2013 Senior Bowl: Q&A with Marcus Lattimore

This is Charlie Campbell's transcript of a Q&A session Marcus Lattimore conducted with the media. Charlie is reporting live from Mobile, Ala., and he'll be posting interviews throughout the week.

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2013 Senior Bowl: Q&A with Marcus Lattimore

By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore held a media session on Tuesday afternoon after Senior Bowl practice. Lattimore updated the status of his recovery from a knee injury he sustained during the fall. Prior to the injury, Lattimore was considered to be the top draft-eligible running back. He appeared to be walking normally on the field of Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Here are the highlights from Lattimore's comments. The questions from the media are in italics.

Can you update your progress?

"Dr. Andrews said that my progress is nothing short of a miracle. He said I shouldn't be walking the way I am right now, but he said I'm way ahead of schedule."

You healed quickly from your first knee injury, is that helping you right now?

"Basically right now, I'm rehabbing from my ACL. Just getting stronger is [sic] main thing right now."

Have you gotten past the "why me?" stage?

"I was past that two days after. I didn't ask, 'Why me?' I went to work and will continue to go to work. I'll come back 100 percent and better than I was."

Does seeing the success of Adrian Peterson give you reassurance that it can be done?

"It is motivation. Willis McGahee had around the same exact injury and he came back from it, so I know it can be done. Frank Gore did it. It can be done and I will do it."

Is your goal to be ready Week 1 for the 2013 season?

"That is my goal and it is realistic."

Do you have any big hurdles coming up in your rehab?

"Right now, I'm just strengthening. Getting my calf muscle stronger, my quad and my hamstring stronger. I'm just getting ready to run right now. I'm getting ready to run in two weeks. I'm going to make it look easy."

Did you ever think you may not have a football career?

"I never gave up hope. With the faith I have in Jesus Christ, there is no way I can give up hope. I know I will come back better, so never."

How much of the rehab process is mental?

"I feel like 80 percent of it is mental. If you don't do your rehab and ask yourself, 'Why me?' your knee reacts to that, and you have to stay positive or you're not going to come back. My main thing is staying positive and putting the Lord first."

Have you spoken with any NFL teams?

"Yeah I've talked to a few: the Jaguars, Cincinnati, the Chiefs."

Have they given you any indication of where you might be picked?

"No, not really, just casual conversation and asking me how I'm doing."

When did you start to realize that aiming for the 2013 season was possible and not having to wait until 2014 to play again?

"Maybe a couple of weeks ago when Dr. Andrews came in to see me. He said, 'You're doing remarkable. You're doing everything you can,' and his words were, 'You're going to shock the world.' That's what Dr. Andrews said. My goal is to be ready for the season. I'm working towards that goal."

Have you spoken with Willis McGahee or anyone else about the injury?

"I talked to Willis McGahee. He told me, 'You have no time to feel sorry for yourself. You have to get to work.' That's what I took from it. He's a great guy and he came back from it."

McGahee going early in the draft can give you hope as well.

"Yeah, but I know when I get on a team, I'm going to work as hard as I can. I know what I can do on the field. I can catch; I can block; I can do it all. There is no doubt that I'll be a starter."

You received a lot of support nationally, did you have an idea as to how well you were regarded before the injury?

"I did not to tell you the truth. I got cards from every school in the SEC and schools across the nation. That makes me feel good that they respect me as a player and most importantly just the person I am."

How high do you think you can go in the draft?

"I have no clue to tell you the truth. It could be first round. It could be undrafted, seventh round or sixth round."

You think you could go undrafted?

"If it happens, I'll be ready."

Why did you decide to come out rather than return to South Carolina?

"I feel like I've done all I can in college, and I feel like I was the best back in the draft without the injury. I wanted to get a head start on my career in the NFL."

Do you think you're still the best back in the draft?

"I'm hurt right now; I can't be the best back in the draft."

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You're a joke 01-25-2013 10:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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You're the only douche that says Landry Jones didn't imimprove his stock this week...

NFL scouts on NFL Network disagree with your ignorance.
This Site, LOL 01-25-2013 03:06 pm (total posts: 2)
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"At Notre Dame, Te'o played in a 4-3 defense."

Did he really?
Creighton 01-25-2013 03:57 am (total posts: 1)
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Kuechly built for the pass? Dude is an outstanding run defender, but sucks against the pass. QB's had a 97.5 passer rating against him. He was targeted 55 times and gave up 45rec for close to 450 yards and two TD's. As for Te'o he was not even close to the best defender. Dude is all hype, he is a story from the most famous all hype team ever. The guy is a story and that is it. Kuechly got over drafted but is solid. Te'o is a total nut with a below average skill set, first round. Like scouts have a clue, if they did you would not have so many draft busts.
What ?!? 01-25-2013 01:02 am (total posts: 1)
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The 2013 draft class is weak on the inside of the offensive line, so Quessenberry could easily continue to rise. He has the ability to play guard and center.


Really ? Isn't there two potential top 15 Guards and even Warford could sneak into late round 1 consideration .
Jimbo 01-24-2013 11:59 pm (total posts: 2)
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Gotta love Jordan Mills fighting until the whistle. Every O-line needs a tough SOB like that to keep plays alive AND frustrate the defense.
Jimbo 01-24-2013 11:55 pm (total posts: 2)
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I like this Gillislee kid. I can see him tearing it up in Cincy. With A.J. Green and Marvin Jones demanding safety coverage, he should be able to make some big plays on short passes and edge runs.
@seattle 01-24-2013 07:14 pm (total posts: 2)
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Why go with T. Wilson in the first round? Go take Carr in the 3rd-4th or someone like him and save some higher picks for more important positions.
Ragah 01-24-2013 06:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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This doesn't sound like an interview. It sounds like you were standing next to a reporter and wrote down two things Monte Kiffin said.
Grant 01-24-2013 06:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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Any news on Brandon Williams? I've been hearing some buzz about him but nothing yet on this site.
lefty67 01-24-2013 05:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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Link to Jefferson interview; comments about "rumors" start at about 4:45 mark:
Kevin 01-24-2013 04:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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"Funny thing is, just got off the phone with my coach. I guess those sites are pretty much B.S. I knew my coaches would never say anything like that. One, because it wasn't true. And two, my coaches aren't like that. I
feik 01-24-2013 04:01 pm (total posts: 1)
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Tony Jefferson in a radio interview dispelled your bogus rumor, saying OU coaches have contacted him. Quotes from his interview:

"I knew my coaches would never say anything like that. One, because it wasn't true. Two, my coaches aren't like that."

"My coaches are good guys and we've always had a good relationship."

Nice "inside information", Waltie.
@seattle 01-24-2013 10:07 am (total posts: 1)
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It's called a backup QB. There are a lot of rumors they want to get rid of Flynn. Then they'd need a QB in case Wilson gets hurt. Why not add a guy who can at least move the ball up the field?
Mark 01-24-2013 01:28 am (total posts: 1)
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Fvck you guy. Tyler Wilson had to carry whatever was left of the team bobby petrino left in dismay. Two concussions this year to sh!tty o-line play (2 walk-ons starting), john l f'ing smith as head coach, and not to mention the worst defense in Razorback history. And he still might be the top quarterback taken. Are people so quick to forget Arkansas finished ranked 5th last year, mostly because of Tyler Wilson. Who likes Tyler Wilson, I sure as hell do.
Who likes Tyler Wilson? Not me 01-23-2013 11:32 pm (total posts: 2)
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Yeah, Wilson sure helped his stock by only throwing sissy short passes for easy completions. How did this guy even make it as a starter in high school?

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