Gestures to cost Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant some playing time

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says starting receiver Martavis Bryant will have his playing time reduced against Wake Forest for making unacceptable throat-slashing gestures following a touchdown catch against North Carolina State last week.

Martavis Bryant: Clemson receiver made throat-slashing gestures last week.  Karl B DeBlaker
Karl B DeBlaker
Martavis Bryant: Clemson receiver made throat-slashing gestures last week.

Swinney said Tuesday that he was unaware of Bryant’s antics until reviewing tape of the game.

The coach says the gestures are not representative of the Tigers program and Bryant will face discipline. No. 3 Clemson (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays the Demon Deacons (2-2, 0-1) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Clemson will also be without reserve offensive lineman Isaiah Battle, who was suspended by Swinney after punching a Wolfpack player late in the game.

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs are working this week to fix their special teams issues for Saturday’s game against Louisiana State after they gave up a 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown and had a punt blocked for a touchdown against North Texas.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said more frontline players would be added to coverage units.

“We want to get the best guys that can cover, no doubt,” Richt said. “We want to be careful about it, but you’ll probably see a little bit more of that.”

Trent Frix is competing with Nathan Theus for the long snapper job on punts after Theus had another high snap, coaches said.

PENN STATE: Bill O’Brien will soon have a few more scholarships to offer when he hits the recruiting trail.

On Tuesday, the NCAA said it will restore some of the scholarships taken from the school as part of the punishment over the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Five will be reinstated next year, and more will be phased in until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17.

EAST CAROLINA: Has suspended starting nose tackle Terry Williams indefinitely for a violation of team policy.

Coach Ruffin McNeill said Tuesday in a statement that Williams “did not adhere to the conduct standards we have in place” but he didn’t say exactly why the junior was suspended.


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