South Carolina loses star playmaker Deebo Samuel for the rest of the season

South Carolina lost a lot more than a game on Saturday night.

Shortly after the Gamecocks' 23-13 loss to Kentucky, it was announced that receiver Deebo Samuel suffered a broken leg and will miss the rest of the season.

"Deebo Samuel broke his leg, and he's out for the season," coach Will Muschamp said in the postgame press conference. "I'm really disappointed for him. He's a wonderful young man so I'm extremely disappointed for that."

Samuel disputes that diagnosis.

There's no sugarcoating this, the loss of Samuel -- even if it is only five or six weeks -- is a devastating blow to the South Carolina offense.

Samuel entered Saturday night's tilt having done a little bit of everything for the Gamecocks through their first two games, catching 10 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He also had returned two kicks on the season and returned them both for touchdowns. Throw in a rushing touchdown, and Samuel had five scores in two games.

Before getting hurt on Saturday night, he'd caught another five passes for 122 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown on the very first play of the game for South Carolina.

Now, the Gamecocks will have to figure out a way to replace the guy who has scored six of their 11 touchdowns this season.

Losing to Kentucky didn't eliminate South Carolina from contention in the SEC East this season, but the loss of Samuel might.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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