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 (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

South Carolina’s SEC title hopes suffered a significant setback, as running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a season-ending knee injury in Saturday’s game against Mississippi State. The Gamecocks managed to hold on for a 14-12 win, but it came at a major price.

Athlon Sports Heisman Voting: Week 7

AJ McCarron Passing Every Test for Alabama

QB position no longer a question mark for the Crimson Tide
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<p> Quarterback position no longer a question mark for the Tide</p>

By Mitch Light

It was far from the most stressful environment, and his team was favored by more than four touchdowns. But AJ McCarron made a nice statement Saturday night in Tuscaloosa as the Crimson Tide cruised past Vanderbilt, 34–0. Alabama’s sophomore quarterback played the best game of his short career against a Vanderbilt team that entered the game ranked 11th in the nation in total defense and fourth in the nation in passing efficiency defense.

Athlon Sports Heisman Voting: Week 6

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.

South Carolina Makes a Statement in SEC East

Gamecocks' win over Georgia headlines Athlon's SEC Notebook
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<p> Gamecocks' win over Georgia headlines SEC Notebook</p>

By Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch)

This might sound a bit obvious, but beating Georgia is a very good sign for South Carolina football. Consider the following: The Gamecocks are a combined 25–23 in the SEC in the six seasons in which they have defeated Georgia. On the other hand, they are 36–67–1 in conference games in the 13 seasons in which they have lost to the Bulldogs, and only once, in 2005, has South Carolina had a winning SEC record without beating Georgia.

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.

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