South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore exited the Gamecocks’ matchup with Tennessee earlier today after taking a hit to his right leg late in the second quarter.
This injury comes after Lattimore suffered a left knee injury last season and missed the team's six remaining games. The injury required an offseason’s worth of rehab in order to return in time for the start of the 2012 season.
Lattimore, a junior, has racked up 2,599 career rushing yards for a 92.8 yards per game average while with South Carolina, and has 37 total rushing touchdowns.
Due to his status as one of the best running backs in college football, Lattimore’s injury has led to widespread reaction throughout the nation.
Here are tweets from fellow NCAA players and coaches, and players across the NFL, offering their support for the Gamecocks’ star.
LSU punter Brad Wing:
Horrible news about Marcus Lattimore. There are no opponents in situations like these, we are all a family. Praying for a quick recovery.
— Brad Wing (@bwing38) October 27, 2012
Aggies' freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel:
Praying for Marcus Lattimore never want to see something like that happen in football— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) October 27, 2012
Oklahoma junior wide receiver Kenny Stills:
Prayers up for Marcus Lattimore
—Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS4) October 27, 2012
Kentucky Wildcats' quarterback Maxwell Smith:
Prayers up for Marcus Lattimore!!!!!! Omg! 🙏— Maxwell Smith (@Maxwe11uk) October 27, 2012
Alabama freshman running back Kenyan Drake:
O MY GOD... marcus lattimore just got his knee completely dislocated. really gruesome smh my prayers are with you bruh— Kenyan Drake™(@KDx17) October 27, 2012
Missouri back Henry Josey:
Sorry hear about Marcus Lattimore injury twitter fam pray for his health #feelhispain— Henry Josey (@H_Josey20) October 27, 2012
Cleveland Browns' quarterback and former Oklahoma State passer Brandon Weeden:
Hate to see the injury to Marcus Lattimore. Special player w/ a ton of ability. Wishing him all the best.— Brandon Weeden (@bweeden3) October 27, 2012
Last year's Heisman Trophy winner and current Washington Redskins' star Robert Griffin III:
We are warriors on the field, but are human as well. I pray everyone sends prayers forth for Marcus Lattimore & others that are injured— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 27, 2012
Former Georgia Bulldog and current Philadelphia Eagle Brandon Boykin:
I feel Terrible for Marcus Lattimore. Heart goes out to him forreal. This is bad.
— Brandon Boykin(@BrandonBoykin2) October 27, 2012
Dallas Cowboy and former Oklahoma Sooner DeMarco Murray:
Praying for Marcus Lattimore. Hate to see the best RB in college go down. Keep ya head up my man!— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) October 27, 2012
Pittsburgh Steeler and former Georgia Tech back Jonathan Dwyer:
Prayers out for Marcus Lattimore hope for a quick recovery bro keep your head up. God has a plan for you my boy.— Jonathan Dwyer (@JDwyer27) October 27, 2012
Wade Smith and Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans:
#PrayersUp to Marcus Lattimore.... Damn— Wade Smith (@Smitty74allday) October 27, 2012
Thoughts and prayers go out to Marcus Lattimore. Wish him a speedy recovery a great young running back.— andre johnson (@johnson80) October 27, 2012
Jacksonville Jaguars' receiver Cecil Shorts III:
Prayers out to Marcus Lattimore hope he has a speedy recovery. Hate to see a talent like him get a crucial injury like that. Prayers up 🙏— Cecil Shorts III (@CecilShortsIII) October 27, 2012
San Diego Chargers' wide receiver Eddie Royal:
Praying for Marcus Lattimore— Eddie Royal (@EddieRoyalWR) October 27, 2012
Lance Briggs of the Chicago Bears:
I feel so bad for marcus lattimore. Stay strong.— lance briggs (@55Berger) October 27, 2012
Brian Bostick of Newberry College and the Green Bay Packers:
Crazy Injury. God Bless Marcus Lattimore— Brandon Bostick (@Bostick11) October 27, 2012
LSU head coach Les Miles:
So sad to see the injury to Marcus Lattimore. Strong kid! We wish him well in recovery.— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) October 27, 2012