South Carolina Football: Marcus Lattimore out Until at Least 2014

Marcus Lattimore out Until at Least 2014

10/29/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is out for the remainder of the year and is a possible return for the 2014 college football season, reports CBS Sports.

Lattimore was injured on a two-yard run in the second quarter after being taken down by a tackler from behind. The gruesome play resulted in multiple injuries to his right knee, which included dislocation and the tearing of all four knee ligaments (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL).

"We're optimistic his football days are ahead of him," said coach Steve Spurrier. "He knows what the road ahead is. ...We're all hoping and praying he'll be back."

Team doctor Jeffrey Guy was able to put Lattimore's knee back into place on the way to the hospital, where he later discounted speculation that the star tailback's playing days were over.

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The injury is very significant and will require a lot of extensive rehab through the 2013 season. However, since Lattimore is a junior and has not used a redshirt, he will be able to return to the team the following year.

Lattimore, arguably the best player in school history, rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

He was projected to be a first-round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL draft, according to Walter Football. Ironically enough, their current running back is Willis McGahee, who suffered a similar injury in 2003 with the Miami Hurricanes.

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