Akeem Auguste remained sidelined by a groin injury during Monday’s South Carolina practice, which meant more work for the Gamecocks’ young cornerbacks.
“We’ll have enough guys to go out and play well this year,” first-year secondary coach Grady Brown said.
Exactly who that will be, and in what order, is still unclear. Auguste, who missed 12 of 13 games last year due to a foot injury, has missed almost a week, and Brown is unsure when he will return to the lineup.
“I know he is working his butt off every day to get healthy,” Brown said. “Akeem wants to be out here as bad as we all want him to be out here, so as soon as he gets healthy, he’ll be out here.”
Junior Jimmy Legree and redshirt freshman Ahmad Christian have gotten extra work in Auguste’s absence. Auguste, a senior, is expected to start opposite Victor Hampton when he is healthy.
Who the first cornerback will be off the bench has not been determined, Brown said. Legree, Christian and walk-on Jared Shaw could fill that role, he said.
Sophomore running back Brandon Wilds is in a walking boot due to a sprained ankle suffered in Saturday’s scrimmage and could miss a week or more, coach Steve Spurrier said.
“We know what he can do,” Spurrier said.
Tight end Kelvin Rainey (concussion) also missed practice. Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and tight end Justice Cunningham did not participate in post-practice conditioning due to heat-related issues.
Running back Mike Davis (knee) and Hampton (quard) returned to practice Monday.
HULL FINDS HOME
Tyler Hull is growing more comfortable as a punter with the Gamecocks. It appears the feeling is mutual.
Hull, a redshirt sophomore transfer from Guilford College in North Carolina, is working with the first-team punting unit less than a week after joining the team.
“It's going every way I planned," he said. “I wish my first day was a little bit better. I was nervous and didn’t know anybody.”
Monday was Hull's sixth practice with the team after arriving Wednesday. Hang time and consistency are his strengths, he said. Hull made a connection with South Carolina through camps and sent coaches his film.
“I heard they wanted some walk-on guys, so I decided to enroll in school and give it a shot,” he said. “Everything is going good so far.”
South Carolina’s Wednesday night scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium will be the fans’ last chance to see the team in action before the season opener on Aug. 30. The scrimmage is open to the public, and Spurrier is hopeful plenty of fans will attend.
“We want to turn the lights on and maybe get some fans out,” Spurrier said. “Try to find out who our best ballplayers are.”
Practices, which have been open all fall, will be closed to fans and media after Wednesday as South Carolina begins “game planning” for opening opponent Vanderbilt, Spurrier said.
... For the second time in as many weeks, South Carolina moved a walk-on wide receiver to cornerback on Monday. This time it was David Wilkins, who will join Sidney Rhodes, who made the change last week.
South Carolina had a “so-so” practice on Monday, Spurrier said. “Some good plays here and there, but not real sharp by some guys, some guys who did well in the scrimmage, didn’t do very well today, which is our history, one guy has a good day and doesn’t do very well the next time,” Spurrier said. “We have to learn how to repeat your performances day after day.”
The Gamecocks will practice at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
-- Staff writer Dwayne McLemore contributed to this report