Marcus Lattimore breaks for a run against Georgia on September 10, 2011. (Getty Images)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC running back Marcus Lattimore is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, Coach Steve Spurrier confirmed Sunday.
Spurrier told reporters Sunday that Lattimore has a torn ligament in his knee and cartilage damage, and will have surgery in a few weeks to repair the damage.
"Our worst fears were realized," Spurrier said. "It's very unfortunate, flukish-type injury that occurred yesterday."
The coach added that Lattimore, a sophomore, will return next year.
Lattimore injured the knee when he was hit while setting a block in the fourth quarter of USC's 14-12 win over Mississippi State.
Lattimore finishes the 2011 season with 818 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 163 carries this season, an average of 5.0 yards per carry and 116.9 yards per game, second in the SEC. He also caught 19 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Lattimore was not the only loss. Spurrier also said that backup fullback and special teams player Matt Coffee also tore a ligament, and will be out for the rest of 2011. Earlier this year, true freshman Shon Carson was lost for the year with an ACL injury.
Spurrier said other players must now step up to fill the absence of Lattimore. Brandon Wilds likely will be the starter, at least for now. Kenny Miles has been out for weeks with a wrist injury, and may or may not be ready for the Tennessee game.