USC coach Steve Spurrier confirmed during his conference call Sunday that running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a torn ligament and cartliage damage in his left knee in Saturday’s win at Mississippi State.
Lattimore was injured while blocking for Bruce Ellington in the fourth quarter. A Mississippi State defender, diving for Ellington, rolled into Lattimore who had his left leg planted in the ground.
Lattimore will be in a cast for about three weeks before he has surgery. This is the first time in his career Lattimore has suffered a season ending injury.
Lattimore finishes his sophomore season with 818 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. He also had 19 receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown thru the air. So, Lattimore contributed exactly 1000 yards in total offense this season before his injury.
Reserve fullback Matt Coffee also suffered a torn ligament in the game and will lost for the season. Along with Shon Carson, the Gamecocks have lost three running backs for the season with knee injuries.
True freshman Brandon Wilds now moves up to the #1 tailback position. The former Blythewood star has 13 carries for 75 yards and 0 touchdowns this season. The Gamecocks also hope to have Kenny Miles and Eric Baker back from injuries in time for their next game at Tennessee in two weeks.