The Gamecocks may have won the game against Mississippi State but they suffered a lost that could have ramifications on the rest of their season.
Marcus Lattimore will miss the remained of the 2011 season after tearing a ligament and having some cartilage damage in his left knee during an injury in the fourth quarter of the Mississippi State game.
Lattimore was blocking on the outside in the "Wildcat" package for Bruce Ellington when a Mississippi State defender rolled into his left knee that left the star running back on the ground for several minutes. He was taken to the sidelines where the trainers wrapped up his left leg in a cast and sent him to the locker room for further evaluation.
Initial reports were a sprained knee but the look on the face of Lattimore on the sidelines told a different story. An MRI done Sunday morning confirmed the severity of the injury to Lattimore and sent a shock to the football team that could be tough to overcome.
South Carolina has suffered three season-ending injuries at running back to Marcus Lattimore, Shon Carson, and Matt Coffee. The Gamecocks are left with true freshman Brandon Wilds as their best option while two other running backs, Eric Baker and Kenny Miles, are out with injuries themselves.
Injuries are a part of the game but a player like Marcus Lattimore doesn't deserve to have his season end this way. He's a perfect role model and team leader for this football program and has done nothing but good in his short time in Columbia.
He'll be missed the rest of the season but he will work harder than ever to get back to full strength and be ready for the 2012 season.