The mantra is working for Marcus Lattimore.
"I always say, 'Adversity introduces a man to himself,' " the star South Carolina running back said this week during a Senior Bowl visit. "That's a quote that pops in my mind every time I'm going through a hard day or don't feel like doing something. That keeps me going."
Lattimore has plenty of other motivation as well.
Not only is he trying to recover from a knee injury even more serious than one he suffered the previous season, Lattimore wants to convince an interested NFL suitor that he would be available to play at the start of the 2013 regular season. The earlier Lattimore gets drafted, the more guaranteed money in his rookie contract.
To that end, Lattimore made an unscheduled visit earlier this week to Mobile (his early-entry junior status would have kept Lattimore from playing in the Senior Bowl anyway). He said his intent was "just letting teams see me walk around -- I feel that's big -- and know I'm going to be fine and read...