USC starting defensive tackle Nathan Pepper could miss two to three weeks with a sprained right ankle, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday.
Pepper was injured in the first half of Saturday’s 41-37 loss at Georgia. Spurrier said Pepper is doubtful for this week’s game vs. Florida Atlantic.
If Pepper does not play, it would mean the Gamecocks would be without both of their starting defensive tackles for the FAU game. Ladi Ajiboye has one more game to sit before being reinstated from his three-game suspension.
In its first game without middle linebacker Rodney Paulk, USC struggled to stop Georgia between the tackles. Middle linebacker Shaq Wilson was credited with only one tackle, and Spurrier said the 5-11, 210-pound Wilson had a hard time shedding blocks against the Bulldogs’ 300-pound linemen.