Posted by Tom Fornelli
The South Carolina Gamecocks got the news they didn't want to hear on Sunday morning: running back Marcus Lattimore is done for the season.
This news comes via CBSSports.com RapidReporter Josh Kendall, and Steve Spurrier told reporters that Lattimore suffered ligament and cartilage damage in his knee.
"We are all disappointed, but we realize life has to go on," Spurrier said. "Somebody has to try to fill his shoes -- and some other positions really need to pick it up.
Lattimore was injured in the second half of South Carolina's win on Saturday as he was blocking for Bruce Ellington and had a defender roll up on the back of his leg. The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprained knee, but considering the latest news that he'll be missing the rest of the season, the injury is a lot more severe than a sprain.
As for what this means for the Gamecocks, obviously it's not good news. There are very few running backs in college football as talented as Lattimore, and he's not the type of player that can just be replaced. South Carolina isn't very deep at the position to begin with, so the running game is going to suffer in Lattimore's absence, as will South Carolina as a whole.
Lattimore was replaced by Brandon Wilds on Saturday, and he'll likely be seeing a lot more carries in the coming weeks.
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