Clemson, for the moment, is without quarterback Kelly Bryant. He left the Tigers’ matchup against Wake Forest with an injury.
The Clemson Tigers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons are squaring off on this Saturday afternoon. The reigning National Champions are looking to extend their winning ways through the middle of October. The Tigers hold a 21-0 lead over their ACC rival, but that’s not the biggest story of the game so far. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is, and it’s not for a very good reason either. Bryant suffered an apparent ankle injury in the third quarter and left the game shortly after.
Up until his abrupt exit, he was playing well against the Demon Deacon defense. He threw for 200 yards while completing 21 of 29 passes and rushed for 39 on the ground. He also racked up a touchdown and an interception.
Backup Zerrick Cooper came in immediately for the Tigers after the starter’s departure. Cooper threw six passes, completing two, and gained 16 yards. Hunter Johnson, the third quarterback on Clemson’s depth chart, also has seen action in the game. Johnson is currently 4-4 with 37 yards passing and threw a touchdown pass to Cannon Smith.
With Clemson up 28-0 in the 4th quarter, this game is pretty much in hand. So the Tigers won’t have to worry about Bryant for the remainder of the game. However, going forward, the Tigers will have to hope that he isn’t out for long. Clemson’s defense ranks as one of the best units in the country. But he had been more than serviceable under center in weeks prior. He completed 66.2 percent of his 130 pass attempts, amassed 1,059 yards and a 8.15 yards per attempt. Bryant compiled three touchdowns and three interceptions before Saturday’s matchup with Wake Forest.
Clemson still has matchups looming against North Carolina State and Florida State on their ACC slate. With NC State looking impressive, the Tigers will have to hope that he isn’t out for too long to take him out of the equation for that November 4 showdown. This will be a situation to watch going forward.