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One tailback returns; another is on the shelf.
The South Carolina Gamecocks enter Senior Night’s contest against Appalachian State in fairly good health for this time of year, although the backfield continues to struggle with having all hands on deck. Let former and oft-banged up cornerback Akeem Auguste guide you through a lengthy report which, thankfully, contains mostly good news.
Zero Augustes – Full go!
One Augustes – Should play, but won’t start
Two Augustes – Game-time decision
Three Augustes – Questionable
Four Augustes – Unlikely
Five Augustes – Out
Tavien Feaster — Five Augustes
The Clemson transfer who came in and made exactly the kind of instant impact Gamecock fans were hoping for is currently down for the count with a groin injury. This is unfortunate, since he and Rico Dowdle together have rejuvenated South Carolina’s rushing attack and made quite the duo when both were healthy.
A.J. Turner — Four Augustes
It’s not exactly clear what Turner’s status is, but the running-back-corner-back utility player is still nursing a hamstring injury and those are notoriously difficult, so I wouldn’t expect to see him this week.
Shi Smith — Three Augustes
The junior wide receiver joins Turner in dealing with a hamstring pull. He’s officially considered questionable, but it sounds like his availability will ultimately be a game-time decision.
Rico Dowdle — Zero Augustes
But here’s the good news! Dowdle, who has struggled with a snake-bitten injury history throughout his career, suffered another blow to his ankle a couple weeks ago. Fortunately, he’s back to full speed and will be ready to go against the Apps.
Dylan Wonnum — Zero Augustes
After missing five games with an ankle injury of his own, the offensive lineman is finally set to make his return.
Keir Thomas — Zero Augustes
The senior defensive lineman has been absent all season while battling a lingering infection after offseason ankle surgery. Coach Will Muschamp has given him the green light, but I’m not sure how much we’ll see him, given his prolonged recovery.
Damani Staley — Zero Augustes
The reserve linebacker sat out against Vanderbilt with turf toe, but is good to go.