The Clemson Tigers have turned their gaze towards next Saturday’s matchup with Georgia at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. But on Thursday, head coach Dabo Swinney raised some eyebrows by announcing that backup quarterback Taisun Phommachanh has been cleared to play this season after suffering an Achilles injury during the “Orange and White” game in April.
“He’s available. He’s practiced everyday,” Swinney gushed about the return of Phommachanh. “Taisun is the number two guy. He’s really done pretty much everything since that first week. They just fully cleared him the other day, I guess it was Monday.”
The Tigers will go through a “mock game” on Friday. “A lot of teaching tomorrow, it’s a very important day,” Swinney stressed. “A lot of special situations, scripted throughout. Just to keep us sharp and make sure we’re all ready.”
Other highlights of today’s media availability …
— Dabo says the team practiced inside on Thursday. “We’ve had enough heat, so just trying to really get them fresh and focused.”
— WR Joseph Ngata is back from his hamstring injury. Swinney says he looks great.
— Swinney loves his running back room. “I’ve got confidence in those guys, those guys are ready to play.”
— Swinney says he has spoken with former Tiger running back Travis Etienne (Jacksonville Jaguars) on his recent injury that has him on the NFL’s injured reserve list.
You can hear Dabo’s complete media availability below, courtesy of Clemson Sports Information.