Bashaud Breeland will have surgery today; Swinney awaiting academic report

Coach says 'a couple' of non-starters are 'on the borderline' for bowl eligibility

Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland tackles Boston College Eagles tight end C.J. Parsons in the fourth quarter.

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Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland tackles Boston College Eagles tight end C.J. Parsons in the fourth quarter.

Clemson will again be shorthanded in its secondary for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU.

Dabo Swinney announced on Wednesday that sophomore defensive back Bashaud Breeland will undergo surgery today for a groin injury that limited his play over the second half of the season.

Breeland has already missed two games, including the regular-season finale against South Carolina. The injury is similar to the one suffered by fellow cornerback Martin Jenkins, who underwent surgery last summer and redshirted this year.

Swinney is also preparing for possible bad news on the academic front. He said Wednesday that "a couple of players" are "on the borderline" academically. He'll know on Friday whether any players will be academically ineligible for the bowl game.

I probably won’t know that until Friday," Swinney said. "You never really know. There may be a guy or two...I don’t anticipate any of our starters not being available. But we won’t know until we get the results back.”

Swinney said the training staff tried rehab Breeland's injury, but "it wasn't coming like we wanted it to."

"(Martin) Jenkins had that in high school and battled through it but never could get over it so we decided to get that fixed," said Swinney. "And he looks great."

Also unavailable for the bowl game will be cornerback Darius Robinson, who is progressing well after suffering a broken ankle during the season.

The injuries to Robinson, Breeland and Jenkins have meant additional playing time for Garry Peters, who has stepped into a starting role, and Cortez Davis."

In addition to the three defensive backs, Clemson will play LSU without wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who was suspended for the game by Dabo Swinney for missing study hall/tutoring sessions.

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richardcd writes:

What is wrong with kids who can't seem to appreciate what the are given? These football players are given a free education that is worth at least $75,000 and they can't go to study hall? If any of them become ineligible academically, get rid of them don't allow them to return to the team. They are just plain selfish and don't deserve a free education.

Lynx26 writes:

Relax, I'm sure your attendance wasn't perfect either. As a former player, these things happen. Get over it... there are 100 "kids" on the team - so it's common sense as to someone will be in this boat.

Its nationwide there pal- not just in purple and orange.

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