"Our worst fears have been realized." No, I'm not quoting broadcaster Jim McKay from the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Those are the words of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier regarding the season-ending knee injury suffered by running back Marcus Lattimore.
Pretty strong words from the Ol' Ball Coach.
The Gamecocks lost more than a chance to bring the Heisman Trophy to Columbia. Their chances at winning the SEC East took a severe hit when Lattimore when down. But as bleak as things look, the team has nowhere to go but forward. The SEC East division title is still within reach for the men in garnett and black.
Let's look at the facts. South Carolina is leading their division, they have talent on both sides of the ball, and they still have an outside chance at back-dooring their way into the BCS National Championship game.
An injury to a star player should never be taken lightly, but the absence of Lattimore for the rest of the season doesn't necessarily end South Carolina's hopes of winning their division.
Granted, he was the workhorse for this team; his performance during the first part of the season is the main reason that the Gamecocks were able to pull off tough wins, especially against Georgia and Navy.
Now, the rest of the team will have to collectively raise its level of play after losing him. Here's why South Carolina can still win the SEC East without Marcus Lattimore...