Mar 27, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks former player Marcus Lattimore makes a reception during pro day in Columbia. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

49ers' Marcus Lattimore looking forward to first preseason game

In his final season at South Carolina, running back Marcus Lattimore tore every ligament and dislocated his right knee. It was a scary moment that had Lattimore afraid that his career had ended, one that had originally pegged him to go in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Ultimately he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, though not as highly as originally anticipated. Lattimore didn’t collect any carries or stats during the 49ers’ 2013 season, instead resting to make sure that he is 100 percent healthy for the 2014 season.

Lattimore is looking forward to the season and has a specific date in mind.

“Aug. 7, the Baltimore Ravens,” Lattimore said, via ESPN. “That’s right there, that’s going to be the biggest game. That’s the one. I’m all the way back.”

Lattimore’s injury might have been a blessing in disguise though. Instead of being taken highly in the draft he slipped to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that has been to three straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl.

“It’s the perfect place for me,” Lattimore said of San Francisco. “I probably wouldn’t be there if I didn’t get hurt. Of course, I’m not glad I got hurt, but a lot of great things have happened as a result. Being a 49er is one of them. It’s time to reward them. I’m ready. All that’s left is the first hit.

“I’m ready to get hit again … and then move on.”

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