South Carolina Gamecocks star running back Marcus Lattimore suffered torn ligaments in his left knee midway through last season, and was forced to miss the final six games of the year. Unfortunately for Lattimore, he was carted off again on Saturday afternoon, in the Gamecocks 38-35 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers.
Lattimore was rushing late in the second quarter through the Volunteers defense when Tennessee defensive back Eric Gordon laid a hit around Lattimore’s knees, forcing his right knee to turn awkwardly and slam on the turf. The Gamecocks training staff rushed to his side immediately in attempts to keep the junior running back flat on the ground, as he attempted to look at his leg to see how bad the injury was.
Both teams gathered around Lattimore sending him well wishes as he was carted off of the field. Following the game, he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The 6’0″, 218-pound back from Duncan, SC had 70 rushing yards on 11 carries and a touchdown in the game, and was on pace for another monster game this season prior to the injury. Lattimore had been having a fine season this year, rushing for 597 yards and 10 touchdowns on 132 carries, and was considered a sure-fire first round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft had he decided to leave school early in the spring.
This appears to be devastating injury for both Lattimore’s individual career and South Carolina’s season as a team; hopefully it isn’t as severe as it looked and that he can resume his successful football career as soon as possible.