ATHENS - Marcus Lattimore has been a thorn in Georgia's side the past three years, but the rivalry was put in context on Saturday.
Georgia led a postgame prayer on Saturday night for Lattimore, the star tailback for South Carolina, who suffered a serious knee injury during an early afternoon game against Tennessee.
"We prayed for him as a team," head coach Mark Richt said on Sunday. "As we were just kind of closing out the day, we thought about him, and just what a warrior he is. What a great football player and what a great competitor, and a guy we all have a lot of respect for, as a person as well. We all know how an injury like that is just very difficult to deal with, so we wanted to pray for him and his family, so we did that."
Lattimore has rushed for a combined 457 yards against the Bulldogs, and his national coming-out game was against them, as a freshman in 2010.
As soon as Lattimore was injured on Saturday, there was an outpouring of support over social media, with Georgia players joining in: Senior defensive end Abry Jones, himself out with a sprained ankle, tweeted: "Prayers sent out to Marcus Lattimore" within minutes of the injury. Later several other players, including All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones, tweeted their support and prayers for Lattimore.
South Carolina announced on Sunday that Lattimore damaged several ligaments in his knee, but did not suffer a break. And the school said Lattimore should have a chance to return to football, though not this season.