As Gamecock fans were just easing into having a new starting Quarterback in Conner Shaw, it looks like they’ll have to keep adjusting to a new starting line-up.
University of South Carolina running backs Marcus Lattimore and Matt Coffee suffered season-ending knee injuries in Saturday’s 14-12 win over Mississippi State, according to a report by WCSC.
“Our worst fears were realized. Marcus has a torn ligament and a little bit of cartilage damage in there,” said head coach Steve Spurrier in his weekly teleconference. “It’s very unfortunate, flukish-type injury that occurred yesterday.”
And, as if that’s not bad enough. He’s not the only one.
“Matt Coffee, backup fullback and kickoff cover team guy, also tore a ligament. He’s out also. With Shon Carson, that’s three running backs. I can’t remember having more than one and we’ve had three at that position,” Spurrier said.
“Injuries is part of the game,” continued Coach Spurrier. “We really think Marcus will be back next year as strong as ever.”
So, now what? Well, it seems everyone is more than grateful for the upcoming bye week. It should give the team a chance to try to put something together before they take on Tennessee on Oct 29.
True freshman Brandon Wilds will likely be the starter then, according to Coach Spurrier. Spurrier also is hopeful that junior Kenny Miles, who has been sidelined for several weeks with a sprained wrist, would be available as well.
With all the hype coming into this season, then seeing the team literally falling apart, it makes you wonder how the Gamecocks will be able to pull through this one. But, one thing’s for sure. If anyone can do it, it is them. Heart, dedication, and shear determination will be major factors moving forward.