Gamecocks RB MarShawn Lloyd tears left ACL in practice

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has lost one of its most anticipated offensive newcomers for the season after tailback MarShawn Lloyd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at practice.

Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said it was a non-contact injury during workouts Wednesday.

"He just planted his foot and tore his ACL," Muschamp said.

Lloyd is a 5-foot-9, 210 pound running back from Wilmington, Delaware. He was considered the country's eighth-best tailback prospect in the ESPN 300 rankings.

Lloyd had enrolled in the spring and was expected to play a big role in the backfield, where last year's leading rushers in Tavien Feaster and Rico Dowdle were both seniors last season.

There is no date set for Lloyd's surgery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.