One of Clemson’s better returning defensive lineman, Austin Bryant, will be out for the rest of the fall camp and possibly the beginning of the season with a broken bone in his foot.
As Dan Hope of Orange and White reported on Twitter Tuesday, Tigers’ coach Dabo Swinney said that Bryant will have a screw inserted into his foot.
#Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Austin Bryant had to have a screw inserted in his foot. Had same injury on the other foot in high school.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 16, 2016
For a team that lost a lot of defensive playmakers from last season, this is quite a blow for Swinney and the Tigers. Bryant was of the few Clemson defensive ends that saw a decent amount of snaps last season. He was expected to make a big impact this year.
As Hope stated on Twitter, Bryant dealt with the same injury in his other foot in high school.
According to Nikki Hood of TigerNet.com, the hope for Bryant is that he will only be sidelined for three games with him possibly coming back for the Tigers game at Georgia Tech on September 22. In the meantime, expect the Tigers to rely on Chris Register, Richard Yeargin, Sterling Johnson, Clelin Ferrell, Xavier Kelly and Jabril Robinson to get the job done up front.
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.
Clemson is coming off a tremendous season in which it came up just short of winning the national championship before losing to Alabama. The Tigers ended the season 14-1 overall, while winning the ACC.
The Tigers will open their 2016 season at Auburn on September 3