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We've seen it time and time again. A player gets injured and a season unravels. Hopes and dreams are lost.
South Carolina cannot afford injury to some major players like Marcus Lattimore, Antonio Allen, Stephon Gilmore and D.J. Swearinger or any injuries to the offensive line.
Lattimore was mentioned in the previous slide about how well he's doing so far in 2011. We saw what happens when he was injured last year. USC lost the Kentucky game with Lattimore out in the second half. They struggled against Vanderbilt with Lattimore sidelined.
The Chick-Fil-A Bowl was lost when Lattimore left the game with a slight concussion. He is the most valuable piece to the offense right now, and without him, it's tough to say where the Gamecocks are at this point in the season. It's a possibility they are 0-3.
The Gamecocks' secondary has taken its hits in 2011. They've already had their struggles against Georgia and East Carolina. Can you imagine what would happen if Allen, Gilmore and Swearinger were out?
It's a nightmare situation if you lose one or more of those players in the secondary. It's a young group behind those guys, and you don't want to rely on freshman to make plays against high-powered offenses this year.
Offensive line is another area that needs good health all season long. The starting five have really come together and helped this running game, especially Marcus Lattimore, put up some impressive numbers. The second group is young and inexperienced and would be a big drop off from the starters if there are any injuries.
Good health goes a long way, and South Carolina needs some this season.