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Former Tigers at spring game
When Dabo Swinney wasn’t coaching the spring game or making cameos on the ACC Network broadcast, he took a moment to hangout with his former players.
As his team was walking off the field after Saturday’s scrimmage, Swinney leapt into Dexter Lawrence’s arms. The defensive tackle was the 2016 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and helped the Tigers win the 2017 national championship during his time at Clemson. He was drafted by the New York Giants in 2019 and finished 2020 with four sacks.
Tee Higgins, Austin Bryant, Amari Rodgers and Clelin Ferrell were other former Tigers in attendance at Clemson’s spring game.
Backup QB situation in limbo
Following Clemson’s annual spring game, Swinney announced backup quarterback Taisun Phommachanh likely tore his Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game.
The redshirt sophomore left late in the fourth quarter with what looked like a left leg injury. He started the day slow, but pieced together a solid drive late in the fourth quarter before exiting. He finished the day 14 of his 25 passes for 163 yards with a touchdown and interception. Phommachanh missed part of spring practice and is currently the only other scholarship quarterback on Clemson’s roster.
The Tigers have redshirt freshman walk-on Hunter Helms available. Freshmen Bubba Chandler and Will Taylor will join the roster this summer but neither will have much experience in Clemson’s offensive system at the start of the season.
“Yeah, just a couple years ago when we won the national championship, 2018. I think Hunter Renfrow was my third team quarterback. … This is not our first rodeo,” Swinney said.
Still, the lack of depth at the most important position on the field is concerning for the Tigers heading into the summer. Click here for a full breakdown of the situation.
Clemson baseball wins ACC series
The Tigers visited NC State over the weekend, taking two games of the three-game series. They’ve now won six of their last seven ACC games and are 14-11 overall and 8-7 in conference play.
Clemson broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning on an Alex Urban two-run single in the opening game of the series, eventually winning the game 10-6. Dylan Brewer had two home runs and finished with six RBIs in the game.
In the second game of the series, Keyshawn Askew threw a solid 6 1/3 innings allowing only five hits, two earned runs and one walk with seven strikeouts as Clemson won 9-3. And in the final game, NC State finished the weekend with a 9-5 victory.
Clemson returns home this weekend to Doug Kingsmore Stadium, hosting Virginia for a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.