The Auguste Report: Tennessee


For reasons that are too many to count, Akeem Auguste is one of our favorite South Carolina Gamecocks to ever suit up for the football team. He first signed with USC February of 2007 and played his last game in the garnet and black on January 1st, 2013, so he was around plenty long enough for us to get to know and love him and his silky-smooth post-practice interview flow. However, part of the reason he was around the program so long was that he simply could not stay healthy. As a tribute to Akeem, we have named our injury report in his honor.


Zero Augustes: He's full go! Gitdawerdout.

One Auguste: Expected to play, might not start


Two Augustes: Game-time Decision

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Three Augustes: Questionable

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Four Augustes: Doubtful

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Five Augustes: Out

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The Wounded

Bruce Ellington

The Gamecocks' leading receiver -- by yards (332) and receptions receptions (21) -- sprained his foot late in the first half of the Arkansas game, and his status for the Tennessee game was unknown at certain points during the week. But Bruce was able to practice fully on Thursday, and Steve Spurrier seemed optimistic about his availability for Saturday.


Ronald Patrick

The Gamecocks' starting right guard sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the Gamecocks' 52-7 demolition of Arkansas. Spurrier said on Thursday that the senior lineman is doubtful but will travel with the team just in case he makes a miraculous recovery. Will Sport is expected to make the start at RG.

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Skai Moore

The freshman linebacker led the Gamecocks in tackles but also suffered a concussion that threatened to keep him out of Saturday's game in Knoxville. However, it appears as though Moore is suffering no ill effects from the head trauma he suffered in Fayetteville and will be ready to play against Tennessee.


Chaz Elder

Elder started at free safety and had a strong game agains the Razorbacks but, like Skai, Chaz also suffered a concussion. Elder's concussion is apparently more severe, to the point that he has been ruled out for Tennessee. Brison Williams and either J.J. Marcus or T.J. Gurley will be the starters at safety.

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JT Surratt

The Gamecocks' junior defensive tackle was in a walking boot this week and was described by Steve Spurrier as "doubtful," making the number of Auguste heads that JT Surratt gets an easy call. Phillip Dukes and Gerald Dixon, Jr. will pick up the slack on the interior defensive line.

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Cody Waldrop

Waldrop has been battling foot and ankle injuries all season, and an aggravation of his sprained ankle is expected to keep him from traveling to Knoxville with the team.

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Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney appears to be fully recovered from the rib injury that kept him out of the Kentucky game. The only thing potentially holding him back at this point is whether or not he decides to get on the team bus.

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