SUNSET, S.C. — Clemson wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will be limited in practice when the defending national champions open fall camp on Aug. 3.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said during his Tuesday evening press conference with the media form The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C., that McCloud had a screw put in his wrist, much like the injury Hunter Renfrow had last year. However, the injury should not affect McCloud too much, according to Swinney.
McCloud is expected to be a starter for the Tigers on the field side this season. Swinney said the junior is coming off the best spring he has had since he has been at Clemson.
“Ray-Ray is a gifted football player,” Swinney said. “He is also a very strong kid. He was a little immature kid when he got here and that is not a bad thing, but he had to grow up in a couple of areas and he has done that. He has put in the work and has the mindset you have to have. I saw a different Ray-Ray this spring. He is committed.”
Rough summer for Israel. It has been a difficult summer for Clemson backup quarterback Tucker Israel. Swinney said the Florida native has had some bad issues with his stomach and has lost a lot of weight.
“He’s got some kind of issue going on with his stomach. He throws up a lot,” Swinney said. “They’ve done a lot of tests on him such as a colonoscopy and they came back good, but he’s had a lot of stuff going on and lost a lot of weight. So right now he’s just trying to fight back and get healthy.
“He’s a good kid and hasn’t done anything wrong, he’s just got some stuff to deal with, and hopefully we can get him back to a good healthy spot.”
Swinney excited about Lamar. Swinney says linebacker Tre Lamar looks great and he ready to play. The sophomore heads into fall camp as the Tigers’ first-string linebacker.
“I think he looks great,” Swinney said. “He’s a big man. This guy’s body, his frame, he’s a good 250 (pounds). He’s got his body composition where it needs to be.”
Swinney high on Cain. Swinney says he is excited to see how well wide receiver Deon Cain does this year now that he is the starter on the boundary side of the field. Cain caught 38 passes for 724 yards and scored nine touchdowns. He had 19.1 yards per catch average.
He also had five touchdowns and 17.1 yards per catch as a freshman in 2015.
“Since he got here from day one he has shined,” Swinney said. “He obviously didn’t finish his freshman year the right way, but he had some big moments and some big plays. He wasn’t a very focused Deon, whereas now he is very focused.”
Renfrow is still impressive. Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, the hero from the national championship game after he caught Deshaun Watson’s game-winning touchdown pass, continues to impress his head coach.
On Tuesday, Swinney said Renfrow looks better than ever and his competitive nature helps the offense and the defense in practice.
“He has a great mind for the game,” Swinney said. “He is a coach’s son. He just knows how to play. He is a great competitor. He knows how to win and is great at anything… He is very smart and has great instincts for the game. He is very coachable and you can show him something on the board and he can go and get it done.
“He just has this craftiness to him and that’s kind of how he’s survived. Just being crafty and nifty and tough and competitive and smart.”
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