USC FOOTBALL

Gamecocks wrap eventful bye week

Lattimore surgery, end of SEC hopes pepper weekend

jkendall@thestate.comNovember 5, 2012 

  • GAMECOCKS VS. RAZORBACKS WHO: USC (7-2, 5-2 SEC) vs. Arkansas (4-5, 2-3) WHEN: Noon, Saturday WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium TV: CBS RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5

It was an eventful weekend for South Carolina’s football team despite the fact the Gamecocks didn’t play.

Junior tailback Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a devastating knee injury last week against Tennessee, had surgery on Friday to begin repairing ligament damage in his right knee. The surgery was performed in Birmingham, Ala., by “some of the best doctors in the world,” Spurrier said.

“From what I have heard, it went well, and Marcus is resting comfortably back here in Columbia. And hopefully everybody will leave him alone for a while,” Spurrier said. “It’s amazing how many people I meet along the way here in Columbia who say, ‘Man, I’d like to meet Marcus Lattimore.’ He can’t meet everybody, so hopefully our fans will let him rest up here the next week or two, and then there will be plenty of time for him to make some statements down the road.”

On Saturday, the No. 12 Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 SEC) saw their chances of winning the SEC East officially end.

“We had hoped Florida and Georgia would lose last week, but that didn’t happen,” Spurrier said Sunday. “We didn’t have a lot of hopes that would happen, to tell you the truth. After we lost at Florida, we sort of re-adjusted our goals to trying to win eight, nine, 10 games like we did last year. We are still having an excellent season.”

South Carolina takes on Arkansas (4-5, 2-3) on Saturday at noon in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Razorbacks have had a disappointing season but have beaten the Gamecocks the past three seasons.

“We have a lot of areas we haven’t played real well the last few weeks,” Spurrier said, “and we’re going to try to improve and see if we can’t play a lot better as we go through the finish here.”

Quarterback Connor Shaw, who did not practice last week due to a foot sprain, is expected to practice tonight, Spurrier said. Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (shoulder) also could play for the first time in three games, and “there’s a chance,” tailback Brandon Wilds will be available for the game. Wilds has missed the first nine games of the season due to an ankle injury, and the Gamecocks had hoped to redshirt him this season.

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