Tuesday, October 30 2012 9:12 AM EDT2012-10-30 13:12:36 GMT
The University of South Carolina will host a "Happy Birthday and Get Well Marcus" event Monday on the Horseshoe.The event is scheduled to stat at 5 p.m. and last about 30 minutes. Speakers include student
Hundreds of Gamecock fans stood on the Horseshoe on Monday to wish Marcus Lattimore a Happy Birthday in the wake of his knee injury.
The Gamecock running back has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, Schad reported on Twitter Monday morning.
Lattimore suffered a season-ending right knee injury during USC's win over Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium on Oct. 27. The scene that day will forever be remembered by fans far and wide as players from both teams surrounded the junior when most realized he'd suffer the same fate as he did in 2011.
Schad said Lattimore has consulted with NFL running backs about his decision and understands he may not be able to play in 2013.
During a public birthday celebration on the Horseshoe for Lattimore shortly after the injury, Head Coach Steve Spurrier said the team's all-time leader in touchdowns had a message for his supporters. "Tell them I'll be back," said Spurrier.
After talking to the crowd of hundreds about Lattimore's impact on his own life and the team, Spurrier said he believed his star running back would return to the Gamecocks in 2013. "We're going to get Marcus for four or five years instead of three," said Spurrier.
It appears Lattimore has changed his mind and Gamecock Nation has seen his last appearance in garnet and black.
WIS has not independently confirmed the details of Lattimore's decision to stay with the team or enter the draft. According to Schad, an official announcement is planned for later this week.
South Carolina's 2010 "Mr. Football" will finish his NCAA career with 2,677 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons.