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Lattimore out for the season

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed on Sunday what reported late Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Marcus Lattimore will miss the remainder of the season with an injury to a ligament in his left knee.

Sophomore Marcus Lattimore

On his teleconference with reporters, Spurrier said that Lattimore tore a ligament and will require season-ending surgery. He will be in a cast for a couple of weeks before he has the surgery.

"Our worst fears have been realized," Spurrier said.

Spurrier also said that fullback Matt Coffee is out for the year with a torn knee ligament.

Lattimore injured his knee in the fourth quarter of South Carolina’s game-winning touchdown drive when a Mississippi State defender rolled onto the side of his left leg as he was blocking.

Lattimore was treated to by trainers, had his knee wrapped in ice, then left the stadium in a brace and on crutches.

Freshman Brandon Wilds is now likely to be elevated to first-team running back. Junior Kenny Miles did not travel with the team in South Carolina’s 14-12 win over the Bulldogs. He’s been nursing an injured wrist since the Georgia game.

Spurrier also talked about the idea of putting wide receiver Bruce Ellington at running back.

"He’s doing quite a bit of receiver and at Wildcat, and so forth. I’m sure he’ll be back there in that Wildcat," Spurrier said. "As far as starting tailback, Brandon Wilds has played well, the little bit he’s had a chance to play. He most likely will be our starter at Tennessee."

The Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1) lost freshman Shon Carson against Georgia in the second game of the season with a torn ACL. Junior Eric Baker has three carries for three yards so far this season.

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