Gamecock football team earns sportsmanship awards

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - The Southeastern Conference has honored both the South Carolina and Tennessee football teams for their conduct after Gamecock runningback Marcus Lattimore suffered a severe injury last fall.

When Lattimore sustained that injury in a game against the Volunteers in late October at Williams-Brice Stadium, both teams left their respective sidelines and surrounded the fallen runnningback at mid-field in a show of respect and support.

On Monday, both teams were named the recipients of the sixth annual SEC Sportsmanship Award.

"Sportsmanship, civility and societal responsibility are things that will lead to victories throughout the course of life," said SEC commissioner Mike Slive.

Lattimore went on to become one of the more inspirational stories of this past spring's draft and was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers despite the fact he was, and still is, recovering from surgery. Lattimore has since signed a contract with the team.

Georgia tennis player Maho Kowase was named the female recipient of the sportsmanship award.

The winners will be forwarded for nomination to the NCAA for its national sportsmanship awards, which are set to be announced in July.