South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is looking ahead after a season-ending hit in last week's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Lattimore, who was at home this week in Duncan for the school's between-semester break, spoke with Upstate TV station WSPA, his first public comments since he was hit by Florida State cornerback Greg Reid on USC's first possession of the bowl game.
"I didn't see the guy. He laid a good hit on me and my head snapped back," he told WSPA. "The gum got cut and I had to get stitches."
Lattimore suffered a slight concussion on the hit. He told WSPA he was already looking forward to next season and the expectations that come with the team returning so many key players.
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Lattimore, a first-team all-Southeastern Conference pick, led South Carolina with 1,198 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns before the bowl game.
He had three catches for 48 yards and one carry for a loss of a yard before leaving with the injury.