According to Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier, Clemson will still be without the services of defensive end Austin Bryant and cornerback Adrian Baker for the Tigers’ key showdown on Saturday against Louisville.
Clemson DE Austin Bryant and CB Adrian Baker ruled out vs. Louisville
— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) September 28, 2016
Both players are still rehabbing from injuries that have sidelined them for the Tigers’ first four games of the season.
Bryant broke a bone in his foot and had to have a screw inserted into his foot prior to the season. Meanwhile, Baker is coming back from a torn ACL that he suffered in spring practice.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney stated yesterday that both players are very close to returning.
Bryant went through some drills in Monday’s non-pads practice, and Swinney said Bryant was set to workout in pads Tuesday to “see how he responds.”
“The defense is ready to see him back,” linebacker Kendall Joseph said. “With him being back that’s, just an extra guy who can make plays. It would be big for us.”
Baker’s rehab from a torn ACL is coming along quickly. He blew out his knee early in spring practice, but he’s already doing individual work.
Swinney says they’ll “cut him loose full-go” in competitive team drills this week.
“He’s getting real close,” Swinney said. “Where he is, he’s really done well. If we don’t have any setbacks, then I think it’s just a matter of when we give him the green light.”
Bryant, a 6’4”, 265-pound sophomore defensive end from Pavo, Georgia is coming off an encouraging freshman campaign. Last season he recorded 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection.
Baker, a 5’11”, 180-pound junior cornerback from Hallandale, Florida is coming off a junior season in which he registered seven tackles, two interceptions and one pass deflection.
Clemson comes into the game against the third-ranked Louisville Cardinals undefeated at 4-0 and ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.