COLUMBIA -- Despite Shaq Wilson's return last week against Auburn, defensive head coach Ellis Johnson said Thursday that the linebacker could very well be done for the season.
Wilson has been dealing with a hamstring injury since the first day of preseason camp. He came back to record seven tackles and pick up a pair of fumbles against the Tigers.
Despite that impressive line of stats, Johnson said he could tell Wilson wasn't fully healthy. And then Wilson returned to the football complex gimpy on Sunday.
"The hamstring is not normal," Johnson said.
The coaches, and Wilson, will talk in the coming days about the possibility of a redshirt. That's still feasible now, but, if the junior plays again, that window could be closed.
Johnson's concern is that the injury will not fully heal if Wilson continues to try to play on the bad leg. Additionally, he will not be fully effective when he does play. Johnson has pointed to a number of plays against Auburn in which Wilson couldn't physically play his position.
Tony Straughter had filled in admirably for Wilson in terms of stopping the run, but Johnson has lauded Wilson's ability to get the team in the right alignments. He's called the Jacksonville, Fla., native the defense's quarterback.
Safety DeVonte Holloman sat out this week, recovering from a concussion sustained in the third quarter of the Auburn game. Despite what he called "mild symptoms," Johnson said signs point toward the sophomore being ready for Alabama in eight days.
Strong safeties coach Shane Beamer said earlier this week that the defense -- which allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns -- missed Holloman in the secondary.
Auburn, and quarterback Cam Newton, chewed up 334 rushing yards on South Carolina's defense, previously the top-rated rushing defense in the league.
The team is off until Monday. Many of the players are going home this weekend…Spurrier said earlier this week he's looking forward to watching Saturday's Alabama-Florida game. If Alabama wins, USC would likely play the Tide at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. If Florida wins, the Gamecocks and Crimson Tide would likely play at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2.