COLUMBIA -- South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore sustained what appeared to be a serious leg injury midway through the second quarter of the Gamecocks' game Saturday against Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Lattimore was taken by cart off the field after he had run for 2 yards and was hit on what appeared to be his right leg by Tennesee linebacker Quin Smith with 4:45 left in the half. Lattimore, who missed six games last season with a knee-injury and was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate entering this season, was tended to by trainers before being taken off the field by a cart with a towel over his head. The entire Gamecocks team and most of the Volunteers gathered around Lattimore before he was taken off.
Lattimore was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. There was no report of the nature of his injury through the fourth quarter of the game.-- David Scott