The news just keeps getting worse for South Carolina’s beleaguered secondary.
Senior Akeem Auguste, a projected starter at cornerback, aggravated Monday night the left foot injury that already has kept him out of most of fall practice.
“We’ll see how bad he hurt it,” defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said. “I don’t know if it’s back to where it was in the beginning or he just tweaked it a little bit.”
Senior C.C. Whitlock will start Saturday’s game against East Carolina even if Auguste is able to play, Ward said.
“I am 100 percent sure that C.C. will start,” Ward said. “I think C.C. has done fine. He has gotten better this camp. Even Coach (Steve) Spurrier will admit that he’s better. He’s just got to make plays when he gets the chance to.”
Auguste did not speak to the press after Monday’s night’s two-hour indoor practice. He walked with a slight limp into the Gamecocks’ locker room. If Auguste cannot play against the pass-happy Pirates, senior Marty Markett will be the top backup at cornerback. Redshirt freshman Cadarious Sanders would be the fourth cornerback.
The Gamecocks will be without cornerbacks Vic Hampton and Marty Markett and spur DeVonte Holloman on Saturday due to suspensions. Markett (academics) and Holloman (arrest) will return next week for the Georgia game. Hampton (academics) will miss three games.
“We will definitely be OK depth wise once we get the suspensions done,” Ward said.