Clemson wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud was in a yellow jersey when he came off the practice fields on Wednesday night. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney did not say why the sophomore was in a yellow jersey, which means extremely limited work in practice.
The Tigers’ coach sounded a little aggravated when he was asked about McCloud’s status.
“That is not really for your information,” Swinney said to the media. “You should not have even known he was in a yellow jersey. Where you at practice? That’s what he was in today.”
McCloud, who has 34 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns, came off the field limping after catching a third-quarter pass from Deshaun Watson in the win over Florida State last Saturday. However, there is nothing official to say that’s when the Florida native suffered the injury.
Swinney later said McCloud will be fine, and Clemson Sports Information Director for football Tim Bourret told The Clemson Insider McCloud is probable to play when No. 2 Clemson hosts Syracuse this Saturday in Death Valley. However, there is still no word on what McCloud’s official injury is.
“I think he will be fine. He has practiced. He knows what he needs to do,” Swinney said.
Fruhmorgen a little banged up. Swinney said starting right tackle Jake Fruhmorgen injured his shoulder in Tallahassee last week and that is why Sean Pollard was in the game playing for him on the Tigers’ game-winning drive.
However, Swinney said Fruhmorgen will start against Syracuse.
“Fruh is the clear starter for us. He has played well for us. He has only had one game where he did not play quite as well up at Boston,” Swinney said. “But he has done a great job. He is the epitome of what you want on that offensive line. He is a special player.”
Young linemen getting better. Speaking of the offensive line, in particular about Pollard, Swinney said he has been extremely pleased with the progression he and fellow freshman John Simpson have made this year.
Like Pollard, Simpson got some quality snaps against Florida State at right guard as Clemson continues to rotate him with Maverick Morris and starter Tyrone Crowder, who earned ACC Offensive Linemen of the Week honors for his performance at Florida State.
Though he did play because he was coming off an ankle injury, Swinney has been pleased with reserve left tackle Tremayne Anchrum’s progression as well this season.
“We are trying to get those guys in there because we are confident in them. We have about ten guys that we feel real good about,” Swinney said. “Now we have Anchrum back… He is back and ready to go.
“Only five can go out there at a time, but we are confident … and the guys that have been starting have been outstanding. They have done a great job for us all year. We are 8-0 against a really difficult schedule. The backups that have played have gotten better all year and we are going to continue to have good depth and that’s what you want. Just like we have in the D-line, we want to have great depth in that D-line and that offensive line, and be able to have the ability to play guys. We are really closer and closer to where we want to be.”
Other injuries of note. Swinney said defensive backs Jadar Johnson (calf strain) and Marcus Edmond (toe) have both been practicing and are expected to play against Syracuse.