Gamecocks seek replacement for injured Auguste

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COLUMBIA — South Carolina continues to search for a replacement for senior cornerback Akeem Auguste, who has been sidelined indefinitely with a groin/thigh injury.

South Carolina's Akeem Auguste wrapped up Malcolm Mitchell in last year's game against Georgia. Auguste has been sidelined indefinitely by a groin/thigh injury.  MORRIS NEWS SERVICE/FILE
MORRIS NEWS SERVICE/FILE
South Carolina's Akeem Auguste wrapped up Malcolm Mitchell in last year's game against Georgia. Auguste has been sidelined indefinitely by a groin/thigh injury.

“To be honest with you, it’s really about whoever is playing best at that particular time,” said secondary coach Grady Brown.

Jimmy (Legree) has played a lot of football for us around here. He’s done a good job thus far in training camp and making a lot of plays. Ahmad (Christian) has a lot of talent as well. He’s coming back from an injury, so we’ll look to get him some reps. T.J. Gurley is a young guy that’s doing a good job. ”

“I’m just ready to step up and accept responsibility,” said Legree. “I was anticipating (becoming a starter). I’ve just got to be ready to handle it. It’s time for me to step up. Corner is my natural position, it’s where I’m more comfortable,” said Legree.

GEORGIA: There don’t seem to be too many questions about who will start on Georgia’s defense.

But the outside linebacker spot opposite Jarvis Jones is one with some intrigue.

Former Burke County standout Cornelius Washington is among candidates to get the nod there since Chase Vasser is suspended two games.

Washington is working in practice again at his former position but still rotating back to defensive end.

“He’s been doing good,” Jones said. “It’s the same thing; he goes from one spot to the other spot. He knows the system so he can multi-task. (Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham) always moves him around.”

T.J. Stripling, Ramik Wilson and freshman Jordan Jenkins are other possibilities at the position.

ALABAMA: Long snapper Carson Tinker will play his final season for the Crimson Tide on scholarship.

Coach Nick Saban said the former walk-on is getting a full scholarship. Tinker was thrust into the spotlight last April by tragedy. His girlfriend, Ashley Harrison, was killed by a tornado after both were thrown about 50 yards from the closet where they huddled.

OKLAHOMA: Suspended wide receiver Trey Franks is switching positions for the Sooners.

Coach Bob Stoops said that Franks has moved to safety and “looks good back there” so far.

Franks has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules during the off-season, although Stoops has reinstated him to practice.

Stoops has said Franks will miss multiple games this season.

DUKE: The NCAA has denied the school’s appeal for immediate eligibility for transfer Jeremy Cash.

Cash is a safety who played five games as a freshman at Ohio State last season but transferred to Duke in January after Urban Meyer was hired as coach of the Buckeyes.

Cash will be allowed to practice this season but can’t play in games until 2013.

ILLINOIS: Linebacker Henry Dickinson is out for the season with fractures in his leg and ankle.

Dickinson had been competing for a starting spot.

Illinois spokesman Kent Brown says the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Dickinson was injured during a scrimmage last week.

Dickinson was competing with Houston Bates for a starting job. Dickinson played in 11 games as a freshman, primarily on special teams.

Illinois expects him to redshirt this season and return in 2013 with three years of eligibility remaining.


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