Marcus Lattimore wanted to jump into his first full contact action of the season during South Carolina’s brief Wednesday scrimmage, but coach Steve Spurrier wouldn’t allow it.
“I said, ‘No, there’s plenty of time for you to carry when it counts,’ ” Spurrier said. “He’ll do a little scrimmaging preseason but not a whole lot.”
Lattimore’s next chance to test his surgically repaired left knee will come Saturday when the Gamecocks’ scrimmage at 3:45 p.m. The workout is scheduled to be open to the public.
“We’ll let Marcus carry two or three times in the scrimmage,” Spurrier said. “He wants to go live. We’ve got to hold him back a little bit. We are trying to keep our guys healthy.”
Starting cornerback Akeem Auguste missed his second straight day of practice due to a groin injury. Auguste missed 12 of last year’s 13 games due to a foot injury.
“He’ll be out the next day or two, but I think he’ll be fine,” defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said.
Asked if Auguste’s troubles staying healthy were a concern, Ward replied, “That’s an Akeem problem. That’s not a South Carolina problem. We are going to get somebody ready to play whether Akeem is or not. He understands that. He’s got to get treatment and get healthy to play and if he’s not healthy to play, we’ll play with somebody else.”
Senior spur DeVonte Holloman sat out the last half of Wednesday’s practice to rest a hamstring injury, Ward said. His absence meant freshman Jordan Diggs took all the first-team practice snaps at spur.
Seniors Shaq Wilson and Reginald Bowens remain the top two linebackers, assistant coach Kirk Botkin said Wednesday, but Botkin also expects Damario Jeffery and Quin Smith to play.
“We are going to roll them,” Botkin said. “We are going to try to keep them fresh. I tell them to go as hard as they can and then tap themselves out and we’ll get another guy in there. That’s a luxury we have right now.”
Senior tight end Justice Cunningham (back), freshman wide receiver K.J. Brent (groin) and freshman linebacker Mason Harris (groin) missed Wednesday’s practice.