Marcus Lattimore Injury: Updating the Status of the South Carolina RB

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 01:  Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Auburn Tigers during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In a close win against Mississippi State, the South Carolina Gamecocks came out with a hard-fought game against the Bulldogs that featured hard-hitting at some points.

One person who could testify to that is sophomore Gamecocks RB Marcus Lattimore who came into Saturday's game averaging a conference-best 129.8 rushing yards per game.

The initial diagnosis was a knee injury, and no further details were known at the game and coach Steve Spurrier said that a full evaluation had yet to be completed.

If Lattimore misses any significant time, the Gamecocks could be in serious trouble as they still have games against Clemson and Arkansas remaining, and it would be tough to find any kind of offensive rhythm against those tougher defenses.

No word has been released by the school as to what his official injury is, and that will probably be a huge topic of discussion around the team this week as they wait for what could be a huge blow to a first-place standing in the SEC East.

As the team prepares for another conference game against Tennessee in hostile Neyland Stadium, the team must have another backup option that will come remotely close to matching the sophomore's production.

No conference in the country preys on the weaker teams or teams with injured stars, as they do in the SEC, so the Gamecocks are praying they get some good news.

UPDATED @ 3:40pm: According to the AP, Marcus Lattimore is out for the season with cartilage and ligament damage in his knee.  It was confirmed that Lattimore had the season-ending injury after an MRI revealed the damage after a Mississippi State defender fell on his knee in the Gamecocks' win yesterday.