Swinney wishes Wiggins well

Swinney wishes Wiggins well

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Swinney wishes Wiggins well

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Dabo Swinney said on Wednesday former safety Korrin Wiggins probably made the best decision for himself by transferring from the Clemson football program.

The Clemson head football coach said he wishes Wiggins well on his football journey and he was very appreciative of all he did to help the program the last four years.

“He was an experienced player. He was a good player,” Swinney said prior to the Greenville Clemson Club’s Prowl & Growl event at Greenville’s Fluor Field. “I wish him well. He is graduating.”

This year alone, since the Tigers won the national championship in January, three defensive players, who would have been graduate players in 2017, have left the team and have decided to transfer. The news on Wiggins’ transfer broke last Friday.

Wiggins, who will graduate next week, joins cornerback Adrian Baker and defensive tackle Scott Pagano as former starters who are leaving the program to play somewhere else. Because they will have all graduated from Clemson, they can play in the fall.

During spring practices, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables mentioned Wiggins several times in his post-practice interviews as a guy that had really come on was someone they thought could help them this coming season at safety. At the time, the Clemson coaches felt Wiggins was getting back to his old self when he was making plays as a freshman and sophomore prior to the injury.

Swinney says they will be okay without Wiggins.

“We really like the depth that we have at safety and that is really where he was trying to get in the mix, but (transferring) is probably a better opportunity for him from a playing time standpoint,” Swinney said.

The Durham, N.C. native had to redshirt his junior season after tearing his ACL in fall camp. He returned last season, but played very sparingly as he had issues from the injury which limited him and caused him to drop on the depth chart.

“Again, we appreciate all he did for us, especially with graduation and we wish him nothing but the best on wherever he ends up,” Swinney said.

Last year, Wiggins played in seven games and started one. He had 13 tackles. However, he did not play in the last six games of the season.

Prior to the injury in 2015, Wiggins had played in 25 games and started six. He had 54 tackles in his first two seasons at Clemson, including four tackles for loss and four interceptions. He also broke up seven passes.

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