The two-time national champion South Carolina baseball team had a motto that helped them get to where they are today. It was a simple two word slogan:
If there is anything that the football team can take from the Yardcocks, it has to be that.
Marcus Lattimore's knee injury is a crushing blow to one of the greatest young athletes that the Gamecocks have ever seen. A torn ACL to this high-character kid is one of the most unfair things I have ever seen in football.
However, the team isn't dead in the water yet, as so many writers would like to assume.
This isn't the same team as 2010 and they have proved in recent weeks that they can win without Lattimore. I know the fan base is panicking and they have a good reason to, but you can't give up the fight yet.
South Carolina is 6-1 and has a plethora of weaponry that they did not have available to them last season.
They still have Alshon Jeffery. They have the calm and steady hands of a quarterback who will prove to be invaluable and consistent as this season moves on.
They have Brandon Wilds, who is playing very well this season. Brandon Wilds is a four-star freshman who will take over the starting role for the Gamecocks. Make no mistake, Brandon is a good back and will be a force for the team this season. He is no Marcus Lattimore, but he is a threat.
The main reason for hope?
He can do it all. He can run. He can throw. He can catch.
With Lattimore going down, Ellington's role will definitely increase with this offense. With Steve Spurrier digging deep in his playbook, this offense will have to get creative.
They should still be favored over Tennessee, Florida and the Citadel and I think they have a great shot at Clemson.
As for Arkansas, well, anything can happen.
Don't give up hope yet, Gamecock fans. Marcus Lattimore won't. He will be back and better than ever in 2012. This team will be back and better than ever after the bye week.
It's great to be a Gamecock.