SANTA CLARA — Marcus Lattimore was interviewed at his locker Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript.
Q: What are you expecting to accomplish in practice the next three weeks?
LATTIMORE: Consistency. That’s the main thing. Make sure I know what I’m doing. Make sure I’m having good practices — consistent practices — so I can be able to be out there on the field.
Q: You practiced a bit late last year. What is the difference between you then and now?
LATTIMORE: Confidence. Stronger. Definitely quicker. Didn’t have any confidence going out there last year. But that’s the main thing — I feel stronger, the knee feels better. It was a huge injury so I knew it would take time. I just didn’t think it would take this long. But I feel good.
Q: What have you done mentally to prepare for this?
LATTIMORE: Talk to people. Don’t keep it in when you’re having those bad days, because I had a lot of bad days when my knee was sore. I had to do a lot of different things. Talked to my girlfriend. Talked to my mom. Talked to my sister. Just let them know, that was the biggest thing. And of course my faith.
Q: Running back is such an instinctual position. Having taken two years off, do you trust that those instincts will come back, kind of like riding a bike?
LATTIMORE: It takes time. It does. I don’t know how long it’s going to take. Once I get out there, I’ve just got to keep going. I’ve just got to keep consistent. And I think over time it will come. I don’t know how long.
Q: Have they talked about what role you might play when you do play?
LATTIMORE: Not yet.
Q: How much are you looking forward to the first hit you take?
Q: Has that happened yet?
LATTIMORE: No, it hasn’t happened. But when it happens, you’ve just got to pop back up.