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Marcus Lattimore selected by San Francisco in the NFL Draft

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South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Lattimore has been one of the biggest question marks of this year's Draft following his rehabilitation from twin knee injuries he sustained over the past two seasons.

Head Coach Steve Spurrier has gone a long way in trying to convince coaches to take his running back.

"He's going to be a success at whatever he does because of the kind of person he is," Spurrier said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Pro football analysts openly wondered where Lattimore would land and some even questioned if he may even be drafted.

"I want to see where Marcus Lattimore ends up in South Carolina considering his injury path with the two knee injuries," said ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr.

But with the 131st selection in the draft, those questions come to an end.

In his career with the Gamecocks, Lattimore scored 38 touchdowns and rushed for over 2,600 yards.

He will get an opportunity with the 49ers to add punch to a backfield that includes four-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, who also had serious injuries to both knees in college but went on to become a star in the NFL. San Francisco's top backup running back last year, Kendall Hunter, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon that ended his season last year after 11 games.

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