The South Carolina and Tennessee football teams are among the recipients of the sixth annual SEC Sportsmanship Award, it was announced Monday, as chosen by a vote of the SEC athletics directors.
The winners will be forwarded for nomination to the NCAA for its national sportsmanship awards, to be announced in July.
On Oct. 27, 2012, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a severe knee injury in the second quarter against Tennessee. While it is customary for the teammates on the field at the time of an injury to gather around, South Carolina’s entire sideline encircled its fallen player. It did not take long for Tennessee’s team to follow suit.
The SEC said in a statement: "Despite being engaged in a heated conference game, both teams set aside their battle to show support for a football player, regardless of which uniform he wore. The act displayed both great sportsmanship by the teams gathered as one support unit as well as the impact that Lattimore had on his sport."
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Below is a list of SEC Sportsmanship recipients:
... 2013 – University of Tennessee, University of South Carolina Football Teams, Maho Kowase, Georgia (Tennis)
... 2012 – Matt Walters, Arkansas (Tennis); Joanna Mather, Florida (Tennis); Laura Eddy, Georgia (Soccer)
... 2011 – Louis Day, South Carolina (Track & Field); Ole Miss Softball Team
... 2010 – Rodney Scott, Ole Miss (Football); Sam Arbaugh, South Carolina (Softball)
... 2009 – Dorian Ulrey, Arkansas (Track & Field); Alabama Women’s Tennis Team
... 2008 – Chris Lofton, Tennessee (Basketball); Jessica Yadloczky, Florida (Golf)