Swinney Talks About Grant's Situation

CLEMSON – The Clemson football team ended its final day of practice at the school early Tuesday morning and minus the suspension of a couple of players, everything is seems to be right on track.

"We've got some more work to do and the job's not finished yet, but again I think we've accomplished as much as we could here with the cold weather," Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden said. "But I think we got a lot done."

Now it's up to all the players to make their way to Orlando on their own. Some will get into town Wednesday, with the rest arriving on Thursday.

And everyone making the trip, minus placekicker Jad Dean, is healthy.

Even freshman tailback James Davis, who sat out of Monday's scrimmage after taking an helmet to his left knee, completed the entire practice Tuesday.

The only bad news for Clemson came with Bowden's announcement that receiver Kelvin Grant has been kicked off the team for good and that tight end Bobby Williamson and defensive end Kwam Williams have been suspended for the bowl game due to academic issues.

Williamson started nine of the 11 regular season games at tight end and caught nine passes for 100 yards, including his only touchdown pass of the year against N.C. State. He played 46 games in his career, 21 as a starter. He also played in 11 games as a defensive end in 2004 and as a tight end the rest of his career.

Williams played in nine games as a reserve defensive end this year, where the red-shirt sophomore finished with three tackles in 69 snaps. He is expected to rejoin the team for the spring semester.

"He's known it for a couple of weeks," defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said of Williams. "I think that if Kwam does the things that Coach Bowden expects him to do, then it will be up to Coach Bowden."

Bowden also announced that Grant had been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. Grant, a red-shirt junior, suffered a torn ACL on October 5, during practice and would not have been to play in the bowl game.

He had 10 catches for 84 yards in five games this year and 45 receptions for 437 yards in 26 games for his career. He is expected to transfer to another non Division I school.

"I hate it for Kelvin," receivers coach Dabo Swinney said. "I love him. I'll always try to help him any way I can. … I think it was just an accumulation of things. It's a sad situation. But there's accountability for everybody. …

"Hopefully he'll correct mistakes that he's made. Sometimes it takes something like this for people to say, I've got to be responsible and take care of things. He's got to continue to finish school and take care of his academics so he can be eligible to transfer. He's got to get well. He needs to play football. Kelvin is a tremendous talent and was doing an outstanding job for us this year before he got hurt. Hopefully he can land on his feet somewhere and have a good year and still fulfill all his goals. …

"I know it was a tough blow for him when he was injured. But when you're injured, you still have to do things the right way. There's still accountability. School's part of the equation and everything goes together on and off the field."

CUTigers.com Top Stories