Auguste returns to practice

South Carolina's coaches are hoping to have a defense near full strength by the Gamecocks' opener with ECU. They took a major step toward that Wednesday when senior cornerback Akeem Auguste practiced for the first time this fall.

The Gamecocks' secondary that's been ravaged by injuries and suspensions received a boost on Wednesday night, getting senior defensive back Akeem Auguste back in full pads. Auguste was out the entire fall with an injury to the arch of his foot, but coaches hope to have him ready to go when the season starts.

Auguste didn't scrimmage but did participate in all the drills before that part of practice, including one-on-ones.

"I'd like to see how it felt with what he did today," defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said. "But I think physically he's going to be ready to go no matter how many repetitions he'll get. He's going to have to tune it up."

Auguste's roommate C.C. Whitlock explains what Akeem's presence will bring to the team.

"He's a senior. We need his leadership out there," Whitlock said. "Guys are going to listen to him."

While Auguste was back in a white jersey for this first time this fall, two defensive lineman wore yellow jerseys after suffering injuries during Tuesday's practice.

Freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be held out for the next few days with bone spurs in his right foot that were aggravated when he rolled his ankle in Tuesday's practice. Head coach Steve Spurrier isn't worried about Clowney missing any game time.

"He's two or three days. He should be okay," Spurrier said. "He said he had that injury in high school, a bone spur pinching on the nerve or something. Doctors say he should be alright by the weekend."

Redshirt senior defensive lineman Melvin Ingram has a bruised thigh after getting kneed on a punt block attempt Tuesday. Ellis Johnson says he'll only miss a couple days as well.

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