Kelly Bryant did not have the kind of game he was hoping for in Saturday’s Orange & White Game, but the Clemson quarterback said he did have his best spring overall.
The junior said the 15 practices he has went through the last five weeks were the best he has had during his time at Clemson and he looks to carry that into the summer workouts. This was Bryant’s third spring at Clemson.
“I think I competed real well in these 15 days of practice that we had,” Bryant said. “The main thing I was trying to do was just be more consistent. All of us, Zerrick Cooper, Tucker (Israel), Hunter (Johnson) … all of us were competing.
“It was a good healthy competition out there. It will just help us in the summer as we get going.”
Bryant, who tore a tendon in his pinky while diving on a fumbled snap on the first play of the game this past Saturday, completed just 4 of 13 passes for 43 yards and one interception. However, he did post a game-high 66 yards rushing on 12 attempts and scored on a four-yard touchdown. The quarterbacks were live in Saturday’s game.
“It is a game where I feel like I can play a little bit better,” Bryant said. “I’m just going to go back and look at the film and try to go over some things I could do better and just try to learn from it and go from there.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Bryant could miss about five to six weeks with the injured pinky, which is on his throwing hand, but he expects him to be ready to go when skills-and-drills workouts begin this summer. The only thing Bryant will have to miss because of the injury is some of the weightlifting workouts.
Bryant’s finger is in a splint and it will not require surgery.
Watch more of Bryant’s interview with the media on TCITV.