Freshman running back Shon Carson suffered a significant injury on his only carry Saturday against Georgia.
“He’s going to be out for a while,” said Steve Spurrier, who said Carson may require surgery, which could be season-ending.
Carson, who earned a spot in the rotation with his speed, has three carries for 9 yards this season.
Senior CB Akeem Auguste aggravated the left foot injury that kept him out of almost all of preseason practice. Auguste played for the first time Saturday but did not start.
“We’ll see how he does during the week,” Spurrier said.
The nation finally knows about Melvin Ingram.
South Carolina’s players have been saying for years the senior defensive lineman doesn’t get enough credit. After Saturday’s 45-42 win over the Bulldogs, in which Ingram ran a fake punt 68 yards for a touchdown, scored on a 5-yard fumble return and recovered the final onside kick of the game, that changed.
Ingram was named the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week Sunday.
“He certainly deserves it,” Spurrier said.
“Melvin Ingram is amazing,” Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore said. “I haven’t ever seen anything like that.”
On Sunday afternoon, Spurrier had yet to watch much video of Navy, Saturday’s opponent, but he knows what he’ll see when he does.
“When you play Navy you know their guys are going to play as hard as they can,” he said. “Their players don’t make many mistakes and they try real hard. You have to beat them. They don’t beat themselves. Every time we play one of those teams that runs that option, it’s been difficult for us. We have to come ready to play, or it’s going to be a long night.”
Spurrier was disgusted that safety Jimmy Legree was celebrating early rather than blocking while Stephon Gilmore was returning a fumble 56 yards to the Georgia 5-yard line.
“That’s kind of embarrassing for the defensive coaches and for me that we’ve got players that don’t play the game all the way through,” he said.
Gilmore acknowledged after the game that he didn’t get much blocking help.
“I thought I was going to score,” he said. “I was trying to dodge (South Carolina players) and the other players at the same time.”
Spurrier remembers “everything” about Sept. 11, 2001, he said on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Spurrier was coaching at Florida at the time but shortly thereafter went to Washington, site of one of three plane crashes.
Spurrier remembered Sunday how his Redskins players reacted during the playing of the national anthem on the annual anniversary of the attacks and expressed his belief that college players should be on the field during the playing of the national anthem.
“We talking about that once,” he said. “Why don’t the college kids stand out there when the national anthem is played? I think we ought to, but nobody does it so I don’t guess we’ll do it.”
Stephon Gilmore, Jadeveon Clowney