Gamecocks' thin secondary suffers a blow

With senior cornerback Akeem Auguste out indefinitely, South Carolina's already thin secondary just got a lot thinner.

South Carolina announced Monday that Auguste tore a muscle in his right thigh during last Saturday's scrimmage. He will be re-evaluated by a doctor in four to five weeks, which means he'll miss at least the first few games. It could be longer given the nature of his injury and the position he plays. It's the kind of injury that tends to linger. Auguste, who had injured his groin earlier in preseason camp, missed all of last season with a foot injury, so this is a particularly tough blow for him.

Junior Jimmy Legree is next in line at cornerback with Auguste out. Legree played safety last season, but moved to cornerback in the spring. He seems to be much more comfortable at cornerback after struggling in his two starts at safety to open last season. The Gamecocks' other starting cornerback, sophomore Victor Hampton, will also be a first-time starter this season.

The big concern now is depth. Redshirt freshman Ahmad Christian, who showed marked improvement in the spring, will almost certainly have to play some in the cornerback rotation. He's been slowed by a concussion. Senior Jared Shaw, who walked on after transferring from Newberry College, can play both cornerback and safety, while true freshman Chaz Elder is another possibility.

South Carolina also announced Monday that redshirt freshman running back Shon Carson would be out indefinitely after having surgery on his wrist. Marcus Lattimore has looked good in preseason scrimmages. He'll go into the season opener as the starting running back with senior Kenny Miles backing him up. Sophomore Brandon Wilds has been slowed by a sprained ankle, so it's wait and see on his status for the Aug. 30 opener at Vanderbilt.