Lattimore ready to get back on field

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Former Gamecock football star Marcus Lattimore is counting down the days until he starts playing football for the San Francisco 49ers.

Lattimore has April 21st circled on his calendar when the 49ers open workouts and he has clearance to get out and go for the first time since 2012 when he returned from his first knee injury.

The former South Carolina tailback says he feels like his balance, speed and, above all, his confidence are back. Lattimore has a Super Bowl trip on his to-do list along with some individual goals when he gets back on the field.

"For me, I want some touchdowns, 100-yard games," said Lattimore. "I want to do everything I can to help the team."

San Francisco took a cautious approach to Lattimore's recovery from his second major knee surgery last fall by having him sit out last season. The Duncan native says the team's plan and his rehab work have paid off as he says his knee feels better than ever.

Lattimore has been splitting his time between training, running youth clinics and a public speaking tour.