Akeem Auguste has been around. He made the trip to Alabama last weekend, despite being on suspension from the South Carolina football team.
But now the sophomore cornerback is officially back after a three-game absence. On Monday night, he spoke publicly for the first time since his suspension for an undisclosed violation of team and university policy.
"I let them down," Auguste said of his teammates. "Three games. Three big games, and we lost one. If we had won all three, it probably wouldn't have been as bad."
When asked what he could say about the circumstances of his suspension, Auguste's one-word response was "nothing."
Auguste didn't provide a direct answer when asked if he will reclaim his starting spot, but he was confident he would see the field.
"I'm gonna play," he said.
Brown out, but not fazed. As expected, senior receiver Moe Brown will miss Saturday's game after sustaining a concussion at Alabama.
Brown said trainers told him he was unconscious for two-to-three minutes after the hit, which came late in the first half. He had a headache Saturday night and Sunday but not many other post-concussion symptoms.
"It wasn't scary for me at all. I didn't really know what had happened," Brown said. "I was just kind of in a dream state. I think it was more scary for my family than anything."
Brown never heard Alabama fans join in the "Let's go Moe" chant, so he found out about it while watching film Monday.
"That kind of touched me," Brown said. "We're all playing football, and we all understand that we've got families. We're all out here just to win games, and nobody never wants to see anyone get hurt."
Where's Tori? The drop in Tori Gurley's playing time is attributed to two things, according to his coaches: One, he fell behind Alshon Jeffery at their outside receiver spot, and two, Gurley has yet to learn to play one of the other two receiver spots, including the slot.
"He has slipped down a little bit, but he could get back up, just like Jason Barnes got back up with a good game the other night," coach Steve Spurrier said.
LeCorn update. Dion LeCorn might not have surgery on his leg after all, and there's a chance he could return this season, according to Steve Spurrier Jr.
"I do miss him though, because he's my biggest, toughest, blocking, go-hit-that-guy, and he'll hit two guys out there," Spurrier Jr. said. "Some of those young guys, you ask them to go hit somebody, and they start looking around to see how big he is."
Another night game. USC is set for another start after dark, this time on Halloween. Its visit to Tennessee on Oct. 31 will kick off at 7:45 p.m. and be televised by ESPN. Eight of USC's first nine games will have started at night.
Extra points. Tailback Brian Maddox, relegated to backup duty the past few weeks, will get a chance to play more, according to Spurrier Sr. ... Tight end Weslye Saunders is on the midseason watch list for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end. ... Defensive back Cedrick Snead moved to offense for the practice. ... Receiver Matt Clements, who had been on the scout team, was in a garnet jersey to help with depth after Brown's injury.