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Gamecocks spring into Top 25 but look for more

Moe Brown is pushed out of bounds by S.C. State cornerback No. 40 Donovan Richard.
Moe Brown is pushed out of bounds by S.C. State cornerback No. 40 Donovan Richard.

As it turned ed out, South Carolina had to wait a week after its big win to crack the rankings.

USC sneaked into the AP poll at No. 25 on Sunday, its first appearance in the rankings since it was No. 24 entering last year’s Florida game.

“Well it’s better to be in that to be out,” coach Steve Spurrier said. “We don’t make too big a deal out of it, but that’s good we’re in there.”

The Gamecocks were still out of the USA Today coaches poll, at No. 27, and the Harris Interactive poll, at No. 28. These two polls are used in the BCS formula.

After failing to crack the rankings following their victory against then-No. 4 Mississippi, USC benefited from the losses of several other teams, including Georgia and Houston.

Injury report. Starting tight end Weslye Saunders will miss practice early this week because of a sprained ankle. Spurrier said his status will be re-evaluated early in the week.

Starting middle linebacker Shaq Wilson, who sprained the area around his neck and shoulder on Saturday, will be held out of contact for most of the week. Spurrier expects him to play.

Auguste update. Starting cornerback Akeem Auguste is on notice that his next strike will be his last one, Spurrier said Sunday.

Auguste has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team and university policy, beginning with the S.C. State game. He will miss at least Kentucky and Alabama and could be out longer.

“This will be Akeem’s last time for being suspended for a certain amount of time, because the next time (he’ll) be gone,” Spurrier said. “So hopefully Akeem can get his act together, and we’ll see how all that works out in the next few days.”

Miles inches ahead. Kenny Miles has the early leg up to start at tailback against Kentucky. The redshirt freshman had 60 yards, including a touchdown, on 10 carries against S.C. State.

True freshman Jarvis Giles had 74 yards on 11 carries, but Spurrier seemed unhappy with Giles’ running discipline. Junior Brian Maddox, who had 45 yards on seven carries, remains in the mix.

“All three of them averaged about six yards a carry. They all played pretty well,” Spurrier said. “Jarvis, there are times he’s just out there running around like he forgot what the play was. But he can go with it. But anyway, we’ll see how it works out this week.”

Extra points. The redshirt on freshman Aldrick Fordham was burned late in Saturday’s game when he was put in at defensive tackle. ... Walk-on Garrett Chisolm did play Saturday, as Spurrier promised, but not at right tackle. Spurrier sent him in on defense during S.C. State’s last drive, which surprised assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson. “We’re trying to stop them and we’ve got our offensive linemen on the (defensive) line,” Johnson said. “I frankly did not want to call when we put him on the field, because I didn’t know where he was going to line up.”

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