Marcus Lattimore

Marcus Lattimore Out for Year; South Carolina's SEC Title Hopes Finished

Marcus Lattimore suffered a season-ending knee injury against Mississippi State.
<p> Without running back Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina's SEC East title hopes are likely finished.</p>

By Steven Lassan ( on Twitter)

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Auburn gets defensive

Tigers' win in Columbia headlines SEC notebook
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<p> Auburn's win at South Carolina headlines Week 5 SEC Notebook</p>

By Mitch Light

The Auburn Tigers averaged 41.3 points in their first 25 victories of the Gus Malzahn era. But in the 26th win — arguably one of the most unlikely — the Tigers scored only 16 points and managed only 358 yards despite running a season-high — by 29 snaps — 92 offensive plays. Still, despite those offensive struggles, Auburn found a way to get it done, edging South Carolina 16–13 in Columbia for a precious SEC road win.

Can Vanderbilt Sustain Success in the SEC?

The Commodores headline Athlon's Week 3 SEC Notebook
<p> Commodores headline Athlon's Week 3 SEC Notebook</p>

By Mitch Light

Vanderbilt’s hot start has made national news. The Commodores, fresh off a dominating 30–7 win over Ole Miss, are 3–0 under first-year head coach James Franklin.

But despite the epic struggles this program has endured over the past five decades, this is not uncharted territory for Vanderbilt football. In fact, this is the third time in the past seven years the Commodores have opened a season with a 3–0 mark — something that only 31 of the other 119 FBS programs can claim.

Athlon Awards: Running Back Units

Oregon's LaMichael James is back for another run as the Heisman.
<p> Athlon Sports ranks the best running back units in college football for 2011.</p>

They're the teams within the team - those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it's the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball - these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.