We don't yet know the extent of Marcus Lattimore's injury, but it looked severe -- gruesome, in fact. Lattimore took a helmet straight to the knee in a high-low situation at the end of a run, immediately grabbing his right knee in pain. He didn't get up, and could be seen writhing in pain as trainers rushed to his side.
The injury itself was heartbreaking, but this ... this was kind of amazing.
And so reaction varied -- from sadness over seeing the young man go down to tears at the sight of both teams joining him on the field. It's hard to imagine many players having the impact Lattimore -- who, by all accounts, is a great young man -- has on his own team and others.
Taking a quick lap, here's a sample of the reaction from former teammates, rival coaches and others on Twitter.
So sad to see the injury to Marcus Lattimore. Strong kid! We wish him well in recovery.— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) October 27, 2012
Dang I'm sad that happen to Latt i cant watching the game right now— Alshon Jeffery (@AJJeffery1) October 27, 2012
Wow, this is very cool. Tennessee and South Carolina players all on the field for Lattimore. Damn it all.— The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) October 27, 2012
Marcus Lattimore probably the most important player in this school's history has now given both knees to USC. It is heartbreaking.— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 27, 2012
Never seen players from BOTH teams respond to an injury like this...Tennessee players crying for him as well— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 27, 2012
Lattimore being driven off now, he is sobbing under a towel. He knows. .. getting a standing ovation.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 27, 2012
Prayers for Marcus Lattimore. That is awful, awful stuff. Get well soon.— Good Bull Hunting (@GBHunting) October 27, 2012
He must know he tore it. Face buried in hands, towel covering every emotion. #Gamecocks will hold out hope MRI reveals something different.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) October 27, 2012
Stunning scene at south Carolina with the brutal injury the great Marcus lattimore just suffered and heart-tugging reax after.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 27, 2012
That Lattimore injury was sports at a real low. The reaction to it was sports at such a high.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) October 27, 2012
I never heard Marcus Lattimore talk about himself over the last 3 years. Unselfish & as humble as a kid as I have been around.— David Pollack(@davidpollack47) October 27, 2012
More on the injury as we get it.