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December 12, 2012

Lattimore's career timeline at USC

A look at the significant events of Marcus Lattimore's career at USC


Feb. 2: South Carolina’s Mr. Football and one of the Top 10 recruits in the nation, Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore signs with the Gamecocks during a ceremony at Silver Hill United Methodist Church in Spartanburg.

Sept. 2: His career debut is a 14-carry, 54-yard, two-touchdown effort vs. Southern Miss.

Sept. 9: Breakout game against Georgia, gaining 182 yards and scoring two TDs; named SEC Freshman and Offensive Player of the Week.

Oct. 16: Accounts for 204 yards in the first half at Kentucky, but suffered a sprained left ankle in the third quarter and sat out the rest of game; missed the next game against Vandy.

Oct. 30: Has a 29-carry, 184-yard outing against Tennessee and scored for the seventh straight game.

Nov. 13: Rushes for 212 yards on 40 carries and scores three TDs to lead USC to first SEC East title; becomes first Gamecock with three games of 180-plus rushing yards in the same season.

Nov. 20: Runs for three TDs on seven carries vs. Troy, including a career-long 58-yard run.

December: Named National and SEC Freshman of the Year.

Dec. 31: Has 53-yard reception before being injured and leaving the Chick-fil-A Bowl early against FSU; set USC freshman record in rushing yardage (1,197) and became all-time single-season leader in TDs with 19.


August: Goes into the season as one of the nation’s Top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates.

Sept. 10: Has second-consecutive big game against Georgia, gaining 176 yards in victory.

Sept. 17: His 246 yards rushing against Navy sets a career high and was USC’s fourth-highest single game total.

Oct. 8: Has 102 yards rushing against Kentucky, giving him four 100-plus yard rushing games for the season.

Oct. 15: Season ends prematurely when he tore the ACL in his left knee in a win at Mississippi State, finishing his second season with 818 yards on 163 carries and 10 rushing touchdowns.

December: Despite playing just seven games, is named second-team All-SEC by Associated Press, SEC Coaches, and Phil Steele.


April: Misses spring practice while continuing to rehab knee injury. Named the Dr. Harris Pastides Scholar-Athlete for football at the 2012 Garnet & Black spring game.

Aug. 30: Proves he’s back from injury in a big way, rushing for 110 yards and two TDs in opening game of season.

Oct. 6: Has third consecutive 100-plus yard rushing game against Georgia in Gamecocks’ 35-7 victory.

Oct. 27: Damages ligaments in his left knee, ending his season early for the second consecutive year.

Dec. 12: Announces that he’s leaving USC after three season to enter the 2013 NFL Draft in April.

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