Could Adam Randall make his Clemson debut as early as next week when the Tigers host Louisiana Tech?
“I hope so, but we’ll see what the coaches say,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
Randall, who has apparently been on the fast track to a comeback since undergoing surgery to repair his torn ACL in the spring, took another step forward in his recovery Saturday. The freshman dressed and, with a brace on his right knee, went through pregame warmups before the Tigers’ win over Furman at Memorial Stadium, though he did not play. But whether it’s next week or Clemson’s ACC opener at Wake Forest two weeks from now, Randall isn’t far away.
Swinney said after Saturday’s game that Randall has been a full participant in practice for the past two and a half weeks and likely would have played Saturday if not for Clemson’s Labor Day opener against Georgia Tech.
“He’s done everything,” Swinney said. “He was on the scout team. That’s why they wanted him to come out and do the whole pregame tonight. He has been on the ground (treated). He has done it all.”
Swinney said Clemson’s medical staff is trying to get Randall and his surgically repaired knee used to the physical demands of the sport again before giving him the all-clear.
“He’s out there playing football in practice every day, but I think they’re just trying to be careful with him and just give him a few weeks to get in if you will,” Swinney said. “Getting down and doing all these things. He is near.”
Swinney said he should get more information from doctors and trainers in the next couple of days if this is the week Randall is ready to return to action.
“He’ll play when they say he’s ready, but he’s running around and looking good out there.” Swinney said.
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