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Marcus Lattimore suffers gruesome leg injury

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And, unfortunately, “gruesome” doesn’t even begin to describe what happened to the right leg of the South Carolina running back.

Late in the second quarter of the Gamecocks’ game with Tennessee, Marcus Lattimore was tackled — cleanly, I might add — at the end of a running play, with his leg from the knee down twisted in a direction it was never meant to go.  The video replay showed Lattimore’s kneecap on the side of his leg as the back almost instantaneously began writhing on the ground in excruciating pain.

Lattimore was tended to immediately by USC medical personnel, who place his injured leg in an air cast.  As he was being loaded on the cart to be taken in the locker room — and likely a local medical facility — Lattimore was surrounded by the entire Gamecocks team and, in a class move, by the Volunteers as well.

As Lattimore was being carted into the locker room, he had a towel draped over his head and was visibly sobbing according to those in attendance.

It’s the second straight year the talented and well-liked Lattimore has suffered a season-ending injury — this one is unofficial for now as the team has yet to confirm the exact nature of the injury let alone his status for the remainder of the year.  In 2011, Lattimore missed the final six games of the season after tearing the ACL in his left leg against Mississippi State.

Not only is this, in all likelihood, a season-ending injury, it could be a career-ending one, at least collegiately, as Lattimore will be eligible for the April 2013 NFL draft.

Lattimore leads the Gamecocks this year in rushing with 597 yards and 10 touchdowns after leading the team in those categories his first two years in Columbia.

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19 Responses to “Marcus Lattimore suffers gruesome leg injury”
  1. thebigtim2012 says: Oct 27, 2012 1:45 PM

    That was a horrific injury to a class act of a young man

  2. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 27, 2012 1:53 PM

    Very sad to see that happen to this young man he worked so hard to get back after last years injury to me it looked career ending looked very bad he will be in my thoughts for a speedy recovery that will prove me wrong on his career being over

  3. raysfan1 says: Oct 27, 2012 1:58 PM

    Awful. Hope he recovers fully and gets to live his NFL dream. He should never play another down in college.

    Get that degree and get well soon, Marcus!

  4. normtide says: Oct 27, 2012 1:58 PM

    Even when you are doing everything right, bad things can happen. I pray that he gets back on the field at some point, but, I think a kid like him will find success in any endeavor.

  5. thraiderskin says: Oct 27, 2012 2:03 PM

    Damn… that really is a shame. Folks like him deserve better luck than that.

  6. t16rich says: Oct 27, 2012 2:31 PM

    Crappy. I hope he can get healthy and make a career out of the game like McGahee was able to do. Nothing but positive thoughts to Marcus. Real class act who will succeed with his degree or with football.

  7. gatorprof says: Oct 27, 2012 2:40 PM

    That is a shame. Great RB, better man by all accounts. I hope that he can heal up and get to the NFL.

  8. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    Can you give us a update as soon as you hear anything about him plz

  9. monosylab1k says: Oct 27, 2012 3:25 PM

    There’s probably no one in the country I would hate for this to happen to more. He has represented everything right about collegiate athletes since he walked on campus, not to mention being the best back in the nation.

  10. cometkazie says: Oct 27, 2012 3:37 PM

    Heal well and quickly, Marcus.

    You have a lot of fans out here rooting and praying for you and your well being.

  11. mungman69 says: Oct 27, 2012 3:39 PM

    NFL teams will look at his injury history and think twice about drafting him. I hope some team gives him a shot.

  12. black6gold says: Oct 27, 2012 4:01 PM

    Willis mcgahee had a pretty gruesome knee Injury in the fiesta bowl when he was at Miami….. Hopefully lattimore can bounce back also and have a solid NFL career.

  13. pricecube says: Oct 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    With all the money in college football I would like to see insurance for catastrophic injuries like this. Hopefully if Lattimore is unable to play in the future he can find a niche coaching.

  14. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 27, 2012 5:52 PM

    Just out of curiosity, how bout if you classless folks who vote thumbs down on positive comments on this story, encouraging this kid- have the guts to say why? Or please go on the sites devoted to obnoxious teenagers with zero class or humanity.

  15. igottz5onit says: Oct 27, 2012 6:51 PM

    I’m a diehard Clemson fan and all I can say is that this is a damned shame. This is one talented SOB who had shown nothing but a great work ethic, superhuman talent on the field, and an unparalleled level of class and sportsmanship throughout his career. I hope this looked worse than it was and I hope for a speedy recovery and nothing but great things in the future for this special young man.

  16. jimcaldwellsucks says: Oct 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    That was the worst leg injury I’ve seen on the football field(Theismann & Mcgahee included).

    I certainly hope that Lattimore had an insurance policy protecting him against something like this in case he’s unable to return.

    Here is to hoping he returns to close to the player he was.

    Good luck!

  17. majbobby says: Oct 27, 2012 8:01 PM

    Hope he actually took advantage of that first class education playing ball got hi,

  18. kplaya says: Oct 27, 2012 8:42 PM

    How could you say cleanly when the defender clearly aimed at Latty’s knee. Clean in the sense it was within the rules but cowardly to all that watched

  19. kozbee says: Oct 28, 2012 12:27 AM

    Get healthy Latt your a class act on the field.And a class act also for the way the Vols showed respect for him also.Was a great game and imo the best game i saw this Saturday…

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