Clemson fans will return to Death Valley Saturday for a game for the first time since the USC contest last November to watch a scaled down version of their 2017 team go thru their paces in the annual Orange and White Game. And quarterbacks, for the third time this spring, will be live, meaning they can be tackled. At halftime the Tiger seniors will receive their national championship rings.
Dabo Swinney said after Thursday’s practice that tight end Garrett Williams suffered a knee injury and will have arthroscopic surgery next week to determine the extent of the damage. Several other Tigers are nursing minor injuries. Cornerback Mark Fields will miss the game due to an injury. Starting linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and Kendall Joseph are also recovering from injuries and would be questionable at this point.
Starting quarterback Kelly Bryant practiced on Thursday but is nursing a hamstring injury that he suffered during Wednesday’s half scrimmage on a 28-yard touchdown run. Bryant will quarterback the Orange Offense and will have receivers Hunter Renfrow and Ray-Ray McCloud at his disposal along with running back C.J. Fuller.
The White team will have Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson as quarterbacks. Cooper completed 9-11 passes for 112 yards and two scores during a half scrimmage on Wednesday. Johnson was 8-12 passing in an earlier scrimmage. Deon Cain, who had four catches for 94 yards and two scores in the half scrimmage on Wednesday, will lead the White Team receivers, while the running backs include Adam Choice and Tarien Feaster.
Swinney met with the media Thursday evening to update practice and set the stage for the game