Following a successful surgical procedure to facilitate the healing of a groin injury that has sidelined first-year freshman Mackensie Alexander since August, Dabo Swinney says he's leaning toward investing the second half of the season in a redshirt year and scout-team time for the highly-touted corner.
"The surgery went very well, and it was exactly what they thought," Swinney said. "They were able to remove the little piece that was hampering him, and he's back rehabbing now."
Swinney said for Alexander - the highest-rated member of Clemson's freshman class - the rehab from the surgery will take 2-3 weeks.
"Probably, at this point we're going to end up redshirting him," Swinney said. "Anything can happen, but right now I feel good about our depth at corner. If we get a couple of more games in, and we have major injuries or something, we might have to re-evaluate that. But right now he's going to be 2-3 more weeks rehabbing from this.
"What I'd like to do is get him on the scout team and let him work his way back into a football groove without having to put pressure on him."
FSU Designated For Breast Cancer Awareness Game; Tiger Paw Pins Available
Clemson's home game against Florida State on Oct. 19 has been designated as the Tigers' Breast Cancer Awareness Game for the 2013 season, Dabo Swinney announced on Tuesday.
The game designation is part of a month-long, multifaceted effort to raise awareness of breast cancer related issues, and to raise money for research, education and support projects.
On Tuesday, the Clemson athletic department and Swinney's All In Team Foundation, along with corporate sponsors OOBE, St. Francis Hospital and Coca-Cola, unveiled the 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Tiger Paw pin, which went on sale to the general public on Oct. 1, the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Tiger Paw pin is now available at the official online store of Clemson athletics on ClemsonTigers.com, as well as locally at Tiger Town Graphics in downtown Clemson and at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the Clemson campus. The Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority is coordinating sales on campus by student organizations. On football game-days, the pins will be available in the novelty stands at Memorial Stadium, the WestZone store and the Littlejohn Coliseum store. The pins are priced at $5 each.
The Clemson football team will wear the pins during Tiger Walk for all October home games, as will coaches on the sideline during all October games.
Since 2009, Dabo and Kathleen Swinney's All In Team Foundation has donated or pledged over $800,000 in support of its mission to raise awareness of critical education and health issues in South Carolina.
"Hopefully we can help build awareness of a disease that hits home for a lot of people," Swinney said. "Maybe one of these days this will be something that our kids, or our kids' kids, won't have to worry about."