South Carolina running back MarShawn Lloyd will miss the 2020 season due to a knee injury suffered on Wednesday during the team’s second practice of the preseason, according to a press release from the school. He will have surgery to repair a torn ACL, but that date has not yet been set.
Lloyd, a four-star recruit who enrolled in January of this year and the 11th-best signee in program history as ranked by the 247Sports Composite, suffered the injury on Wednesday during the team’s second practice of the fall. Thursday was a walkthrough day for the Gamecocks.
“I’m extremely disappointed for MarShawn,” head coach Will Muschamp said. “It was a non-contact situation where he just planted his foot and tore his ACL. MarShawn will attack his rehabilitation like he does everything in life. The best is yet to come for MarShawn Lloyd.”
The Gamecocks have four scholarship running backs – returnees Deshaun Fenwick and Kevin Harris along with incoming players Rashad Amos and Zaquandre White – who are healthy on the roster. Fenwick has a pair of 100 yard games to his credit in his young career with the Gamecocks, topping the mark in games against Chattanooga and Vanderbilt while Harris scored four touchdowns as a true freshman.
Amos, a three-star prospect from Sandy Creek High School in Georgia, chose South Carolina over more than a dozen offers. White is a transfer running back from Iowa Western who started his career at Florida State. White rushed 137 times for 876 yards in eight games, averaging 109.5 yards per game and 6.4 yards per carry, with 10 TDs last season for Iowa Western.
Below is a press release from USC Sports Information
University of South Carolina freshman running back MarShawn Lloyd will miss the entire 2020 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during Wednesday’s practice, head coach Will Muschamp announced today.
“I’m extremely disappointed for MarShawn,” said Coach Muschamp. “It was a non-contact situation where he just planted his foot and tore his ACL. MarShawn will attack his rehabilitation like he does everything in life. The best is yet to come for MarShawn Lloyd.”
Lloyd, a 5-9, 210-pounder from Wilmington, Del., was a highly-regarded recruit who enrolled at South Carolina in January and went through the abbreviated spring drills after graduating from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Rivals considered him the fourth-best running back in the country and No. 33 overall. 247Sports tabbed him as the fifth-best running back in the country and No. 43 overall.
No date for surgery has been set.