CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s wide receiving corps should get a good shot in the arm with the return of freshman Adam Randall.
Head coach Dabo Swinney announced this past Sunday that Randall was cleared to play in Saturday’s 8 p.m. game against Louisiana Tech.
“He has been just super excited,” Swinney said following Wednesday’s practice.
Randall tore his ACL and had surgery back in April during spring practice. At the time, Swinney was not sure exactly when Randall might return, but he felt confident he would be back at some point in the season.
“Just glad he is allowed to go full speed,” Swinney said. “He has been going for a couple of weeks pretty hard, but all on the scout team. I know they are glad he is gone from the scout team, but he has been working hard.
“He looks great. It is just great to have him. He just brings a great presence. He is a high character kid. He is a high football IQ kid. High effort kid. Just unique as far as who he is and what his skillset is.”
Randall adds to a group of wide receivers that Swinney says is an inexperienced group.
“We are trying to really develop great experience,” the coach said. “I love our guys. I think we have a great group, but our most veteran guy, is even not that experienced in [Joseph] Ngata. So, it is fun, man. They are all competing and getting better, but he is a great shot in the arm for us for sure.”
Swinney indicated Randall might be available on a limited capacity in Saturday’s game.
“It is just great to have him available and just build on it,” the Clemson coach said.
Bresee isn’t likely to play Saturday. Swinney still does not know if defensive tackle Bryan Bresee will play Saturday. His 15-year-old sister, Ella, is extremely sick as she battles for her life.
Ella has been trying to beat an aggressive form of brain cancer that was first diagnosed last year.
“I think she is just really fighting for life every second of every minute,” Swinney said when asked if he had an update on Ella’s condition.
As on Bresee’s status for Saturday’s game, “As I said yesterday, there are a lot more important things than football,” Swinney said. “He needs to focus on what he is doing. When he is ready to be back and ready to play, we will be here. But right now, he is right where he needs to be.”