UT's response to Marcus Lattimore injury earns SEC sportsmanship award

Vols, Gamecocks rallied around injured player

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is taken off the field in a cart after getting injured during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is taken off the field in a cart after getting injured during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

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The Tennessee football team was honored with the SEC’s annual sportsmanship award Monday for its response to an injury suffered by South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore during a game last year.

The Vols and South Carolina were both honored for putting aside any rivalries in the heat of the game to support and comfort Lattimore as he was removed from the field.

Click here for video of the aftermath of the injury.

Lattimore missed the rest of the season with the serious knee injury. He was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft in April by the San Francisco 49ers but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play in 2013.

Georgia women’s tennis player Maho Kowase was also honored by the league for correcting an incorrect score call made by an official during a match.

“Sportsmanship, civility and societal responsibility are things that will lead to victories throughout the course of life,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a release. “I congratulate Maho and the University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee football teams for this prestigious honor, and for being committed to athletic excellence and overall excellence.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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Comments » 14

Ayres_Hall writes:

It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.

- Derek Dooley

tennrich1 writes:

This IS something good but cant wait to see the "torching" by small minds that's sure to follow!!!

GOJO writes:

“For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game.”
― Grantland Rice

I'll leave how you played the game to the "One Great Scorer." Until He comes, if it matters not who wins, why keep score? Just do it within the rules of the game.
If that is a small mind, so be it.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.

- Derek Dooley

And I thought Grantland Rice said that.

murrayvol writes:

Marcus played the game pretty well. Here's hoping he can do it again and at the same level. With that kind of injury the odds aren't good.

UKblue02 writes:

I was watching the game and seen that horrofic injury, nasty to say the least...but i was very much impressed with the concern the UT players showed mr Lattimore..Classy indeed.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

I'm glad to hear he was drafted. He won't make the money a talented RB like him would otherwise make, but at least his years of work didn't totally go to waste. Even a short contract in the NFL is more than most of us make in a lifetime.

AtopTheHill06 writes:

4 star linebacker Gavin Bryant of Jackson Alabama just committed to the balls

chattabluetick writes:

in response to AtopTheHill06:

4 star linebacker Gavin Bryant of Jackson Alabama just committed to the balls

Kentucky has now jumped into 2nd place on Rivals 2014 recruiting. Mike Stoops doing incredible job so far. Vols fall to 3rd. Stoops has 3 4-star players out of Ohio so they will have to hold off Urban Meyer on those he is bound to come after with everything in his arsenal.

Prostar writes:

"He marks not that you won or lost....." He didn't say it didn't matter, that's why you keep score, but you do it within the rules and good sportsmanship.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

That was a good example of class. When you handle yourself with class you can always look back and be proud you did. Good job Vols!

PennVol writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.

- Derek Dooley

For example, an easy way to give kids more playing time is to put 14 of them out there at once.

BAMABABE writes:

im a BAMA fan, and I hate spurrier as much as the rest of the SEC, but when Marcus went down. i think the ENTIRE conference felt for him. I was watching that game and I commended Tenn then and I think they were extremely deserving of the sportmanship award...we are so often against each other, from the players, to the fans to the coaches, but when a good kid and top contender gets hurt like he did, it's time to band together and really prove why the SEC is the BEST conference in the country... congrats to Tenn on the award and thanks for showing what the SEC can be in tough times... rtr
also, if you havent seen the video of marcus getting drafted check it out, its a really special moment for a kid who never gave up

Orange_Beach writes:

They must not have seen the cheap shot that caused the injury to begin with.

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