Dabo Swinney says he can always tell when his Clemson football team has played Boston College.
When he goes into the training room on Sunday afternoon, just about every player is getting some kind of treatment. That should be the case again this afternoon when the Tigers return from a weekend off as they get set to play NC State next Saturday in Death Valley.
Though the third-ranked Tigers pounded BC, 56-10, on Friday night in Alumni Stadium, they left Chestnut Hill, Mass., as expected, banged up.
Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins sprained his left ankle. Defensive back Ryan Carter sprained his ankle as well, and reserve left tackle Tremayne Anchrum left the game in the first half with a sprained left ankle. Wilkins and Anchrum were both in boots as they left the stadium.
Wide receiver Mike Williams did not play in the second half due to a high hamstring injury.
The good news for Clemson is Swinney expects all four players to be available to play next week against NC State.
“I think everybody is okay,” Swinney said. “Mike felt like he could have kept going, but he kind of tweaked the lower part of his butt or I guess that would be the top of your ham so we said let’s just hold him and see. He was loosening up and was ready to go.
“Again, we played on a short week and (BC) is a physical team. Christian is okay and he is going to milk this through the weekend. He has a boot on his ankle, but he is good and he is in good shape. He played well. It was good to see him in his homecoming. He had three tackles for loss as well. Ryan Carter, I think he is okay. He kind of sprained his ankle, too. I don’t think anybody was serious that will keep them out of practice on Monday, but we will see as we evaluate them on (Sunday).”