Alexander ruled out for S.C. State

CLEMSON - After missing the Georgia game, Mackensie Alexander was on track to play in week two against South Carolina State.



But, on Wednesday night, Dabo Swinney said that Alexander would sit out against S.C. State.

"We've got, for the most part, everybody ready to go. Mackensie looks like he's a no go. We had a little setback with him, so we kind of have to back off on him. He tweaked it yesterday," Swinney said. "The most part, right now, I think everybody is a go."

Mackensie Alexander, a four-star prospect out Immokalee, Fla., missed a majority of preseason camp because of a groin injury that he suffered during summer skills and drills workouts.

"He just kind of re-tweaked it. The problem with it is it's been so long since he could cut it loose," Swinney said. "There are certain things that you can't mimic through that process. In football, you can only do so much. You really have to put him out there and let him go. But some of those football movements are hard to simulate."

Clemson has a bye week on Sept. 14 before kicking off conference play with a Thursday night [Sept. 19] trip to N.C. State. Whether or not Alexander will play in that game or any of the nine scheduled afterwards is still up in the air.

"We'll just take it one day at a time," Swinney said. "We're not making any big picture decisions."

The longer the injury lingers, there's a greater chance that Alexander will redshirt this fall.

"It's still early in the season. We've still got an open date coming up, so we'll just keep going and take it one day at a time, do everything we can to strengthen it all up and get it better," Swinney said. "Having these little setbacks, it's hard. You take two steps forward, then take another one back, so we'll keep plugging."

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