Bryant is ‘ready to roll’ for the Syracuse game

Bryant is ‘ready to roll’ for the Syracuse game

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Bryant is ‘ready to roll’ for the Syracuse game

Following Wednesday’s practice at the Poe Indoor Practice Facility in Clemson, head coach Dabo Swinney said quarterback Kelly Bryant has practiced all week and nothing has changed.

“He is ready to roll,” Swinney said.

Bryant has been nursing his injured left ankle after he rolled it in the third quarter of the second-ranked Tigers’ win over Wake Forest last Saturday. Bryant left the game following Travis Etienne’s one-yard touchdown run on the next play and did not return.

During the post-game interview with the media, Bryant was in a boot. However, Swinney said on Tuesday the junior took all the reps in Monday’s practice, and on Wednesday he said Bryant has practiced all week as Clemson gets set to travel to Syracuse, N.Y., for Friday’s 7 p.m., game with the Orange.

Swinney said it helped Bryant that the injury was a lower ankle sprain instead of high one, which sometimes can force players to miss weeks at a time.

“It was not a high-ankle sprain at all so he has responded well,” Swinney said.

So far this year, Bryant has completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 1,259 yards. He has four touchdown passes and four interceptions. He also has rushed for a team-high 401 yards and has scored seven touchdowns.

Clemson loses a linebacker. Swinney said linebacker Jalen Williams will miss the Syracuse game. The junior sprained the AC joint in his shoulder so they decided to hold him this week. Swinney was hopeful Williams might be able to go, but the shoulder is still a little sore.

Edmonds is out. Cornerback Marcus Edmonds will miss Friday’s game as well, marking the fifth straight game the senior has missed. He injured his foot on the third play of the Auburn game.

“He just isn’t quite ready,” Swinney said. “He is better, but it is almost like breaking a bone. Sometimes those mid-foot sprains, especially at his position … but he is a lot better and is running better. He is working on his planting, cutting and changing of direction.”

Garrett Williams update. Swinney said he met with tight end earlier Garrett Williams this week as the two try to figure out what is the best situation for the junior, who is coming back from a torn ACL which he suffered the last week of spring practice.

Swinney and Williams plan to meet again during the open week and discuss whether to get him back in the lineup or discuss the possibility of getting a medical redshirt.

“We kind of talked about a couple of different scenarios and we are going to talk a little bit more about it next week,” Swinney said. “He did practice all week with the scout team … that was our plan this week was to really cut him loose full speed and he did a good job.”

Does Clemson have a new kickoff guy? Not yet. Swinney has been pleased with Alex Spence’s kicking on kickoffs as he had two touchbacks in last week’s game against Wake Forest. That continued this week in practice.

However, the Tigers are working linebacker James Skalski there as well. He had one kickoff against Wake Forest that traveled 60 yards.

“We have been working him every day and he is doing a good job,” Swinney said. “Alex is actually doing a nice job kicking the ball for us, but (Skalski) did it in high school and he is really pretty good. He does not work on it a whole lot so we just kind of got him back in the groove and work with it and it is definitely something we can do again at some point.”

Swinney said having Skalski kicking off is like have a linebacker playing behind the defensive line and just fitting the gaps.

Yeargin update. Swinney reported some good news on defensive end Richard Yeargin, who was lost for the season back in June following a car accident, which resulted in a bone fracture in his neck.

Swinney said the junior looks great.

“He is running, he’s working out, he is pretty much doing everything,” Swinney said. “He really responded well to the treatment and what he is going through healing wise. He is doing well, really well.”

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