South Carolina Football: Gamecocks' Secondary Hit Hard with Akeem Auguste Injury

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 20, 2012

The South Carolina Gamecocks will open the season in grand style, traveling to Nashville to face off against the Vanderbilt Commodores on national television on Aug. 30—the first Thursday night of the season.

However, they will be doing so without one of their veteran leaders.

Starting cornerback Akeem Auguste is out indefinitely after undergoing a procedure on his right thigh muscle, the school announced on Monday.

Auguste initially sustained the injury earlier this summer, and he re-injured it during Saturday's scrimmage—which was the first time he had participated in full contact drills since the injury. He will be reevaluated in four to five weeks.

Auguste's injury is a big blow to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

He was slated to start at cornerback after missing the majority of the 2011 season with a foot injury. As a free safety in 2010, he tallied 58 tackles—good for fifth on the team. 

Scott Hood of named some of the potential replacements for Auguste while he recovers:

Auguste's injury means Jimmy Legree/Jared Shaw/Ahmad Christian will try to fill the void at field cornerback.

— Scott Hood (@ScottHood63) August 20, 2012

Legree is a junior who has two career starts. Like Auguste, he moved back to cornerback after playing safety last season. He has 12 total tackles in 20 career games.

Shaw is a former walk-on who also moved from safety to cornerback. He won the Most Improved Cornerback Award following South Carolina's spring game after returning the team after sitting out last season.

Christian is a redshirt freshman who was a 3-star prospect in the Class of 2011 by He had 64 tackles and four interceptions as a senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2010.

Vanderbilt can sling it around with Jordan Rodgers at quarterback and Jordan Matthews at wide receiver, and Auguste will sit out that game.

The four- to-five week window to be re-evaluated also puts his availability for the Gamecocks' Week 4 showdown against Missouri in doubt. With T.J. Moe and Dorial Green-Beckham on the roster, the Gamecocks will need all the help they can get in the secondary.

South Carolina is a national title contender, but Auguste's injury makes those two games a little more dicey. With Arkansas and LSU waiting down the road, the Gamecocks can't afford a slip-up.