CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris wasn’t worried about his players’ emotional well-being heading to Boston College – until he watched them go through a ho-hum, pregame warm-up.
“Something wasn’t right,” Morris recalled Monday.
Maybe not early on, but the 15th-ranked Tigers took control of things right before halftime in 45-31 victory over the Eagles. Not that anyone would blame Morris for his concerns.
Clemson (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was still reeling from its lone loss at No. 3 Florida State on Sept. 22 as it gave up a two-touchdown lead to fall 49-37
Then late Thursday, the team found out it would be without star receiver Sammy Watkins, diagnosed with an abdominal virus that struck him in the middle of the week. The All-American returned to practice Monday and Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Watkins was expected to play against Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2) at Death Valley on Saturday.
The Tigers were also without backup Martavis Bryant for two games because of a groin injury. None of it matter.
Swinney was proud of his players for their focux.
“Overall, we improved,” Swinney said. “We found a way to win. It’s just a great job by the whole team in getting it done.”
SEC AWARDS: Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings, a former Westside High School standout, shares the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor with Ole Miss LB Denzel Nkemdiche.
OHIO STATE: Coach Urban Meyer says the school sent a tape to the Big Ten office which appears to show a Michigan State player gouging at the eyes of Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins.
The short clip appears to show the Spartans’ Jack Allen or a teammate trying to thrust a gloved hand inside Hankins’ facemask. At the same time, Hankins is trying to get his fingers inside Allen’s facemask.
KENTUCKY: Quarterback Maxwell Smith is out indefinitely with a torn left ankle ligament that will require surgery.
SOUTH FLORIDA: Suspended sophomore wide receiver Chris Dunkley from the football team after he was arrested and charged with domestic battery.