Clemson will have starting quarterback Kelly Bryant on Friday night, when the Tigers travel to face Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.
Bryant left Saturday’s Clemson win over Wake Forest with an ankle injury, with the Tigers up 21-0 in the third quarter.
He was spotted in a walking boot after the game, and there was some concern about his status, but head coach Dabo Swinney says things have progressed well for Bryant.
Today, Swinney announced that he will start Friday night’s game at Syracuse.
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) October 11, 2017
Swinney’s full quote, via TigerNet:
“‘He’s practiced all week. Ready to roll. Nothing’s changed. Ready to go,’ Swinney said after Wednesday’s practice, the final one before Friday’s game at Syracuse.
Swinney said Bryant was lucky the sprain was on the lower part of his ankle and not a high ankle sprain.
‘Absolutely. It wasn’t a high ankle sprain at all. He has responded good,’ Swinney said.”
Bryant has acquitted himself well as the successor to Deshaun Watson. He has 1,279 yards passing, completing just over 67-percent of his passes for a solid 7.93 yards per attempt, and has thrown for four touchdowns and four interceptions. He is also very dangerous on the ground, rushing for 401 yards and seven touchdowns on 97 attempts.
Clemson and Syracuse kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.