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.
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.”