By Johnny Falduto
Clemson is set to return several key starters on Saturday night at Miami, including CB Nate Wiggins, CB Sheridan Jones, and WR Antonio Williams, Coach Swinney announced on Tuesday.
Wiggins, a first-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore last season, has missed the last two games with a bone bruise in his left leg after going down late in the fourth quarter of Clemson’s 31-24 loss to Florida State. This season, he has four tackles, a sack, and a 46-YD pick-six on the opening drive of Clemson’s 48-14 win over Florida Atlantic in Week 3.
Williams, who led the Tigers with 604 YDS on 56 REC last season as a freshman, has missed the last three games with an ankle injury suffered against Florida Atlantic. Through three games this season, he’s pulled in 15 REC for 145 YDS and two touchdowns.
Swinney noted that both Wiggins and Williams were “really close” to playing against Wake Forest but just couldn’t get over the hump in time.
Jones was held out of Clemson’s last game against Wake Forest after experiencing bad headaches and blurred vision just before kickoff. Swinney said that all of the bloodwork and tests checked out and he is also on track to play Saturday night.
On K Robert Gunn, Swinney said that he started kicking field goals again last Wednesday after not doing so for two weeks with a quad strain. He hopes it will create some competition with Jonathan Weitz at the kicker position.
“It’s good to be able to get that break (the open week) when it came, because now we anticipate having everybody with the exception of Walker (Parks) and Cole (Turner), who are both already out for the year.” Swinney said. “Mentally and physically, I think we’re in as good of a spot as we’ve been since the beginning of the season.”