Mackensie Alexander's surgery successful, but Swinney says redshirt year likely

FSU designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Game; special Tiger Paw pins available now

Clemson's Mackensie Alexander during fan day in Memorial Stadium.

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Clemson's Mackensie Alexander during fan day in Memorial Stadium.

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, 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."

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TigerNE writes:

Most people probably disagree, but I think an RS is the best situation. Only unless the others prove in the next few games they cannot continue improving (especially the secondary???), holding Alexander out until the next season when you can get him fully back to top condition is the best choice. Seems risky to bypass an RS and test whether after all this time and the surgery he can come back to 100%.

TigerFan95 writes:

Redshirting Alexander is absolutely the best decision. With an extra year to get healthy and develop that kid could be a dominating force for 2 or 3 years and possibly 4. I only wish we would have redshirted Leggett & Boulware as well. Leggett looks hindered by that knee brace and Boulware looks way too small. I think giving them an extra year would have helped them out a lot.

Clemorange writes:

Red shirting does nothing but build depth. Lets get clemson so deep that we redshirt everybody. Then when we chant "we too deep" it'll be solidified.

rsb8931#286014 writes:

We recruited him to be a star on our defense this year. This is just by chance all this red shirt talk is going on. If we need him to beat SC play him and to heck with losing a year. Our priority should be put the best 11 players on the field every week and if he is healthy and we need him to win a game then he needs to play. This is our best chance to have a real big season and I say if we have to play him do not hesitate to play him. If we win without him on the field, then he should be red shirted, but if we need him to beat South Carolina and he doesn't play but 1 play but it beats SC then play him.

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