Practice notes: Robinson tweaks ankle, two leave program


CLEMSON — Nothing serious so far, but a few Clemson players are already feeling the effects of training camp injuries.

Add senior cornerback Darius Robinson to the list, who sat out Monday night’s practice after twisting his ankle Saturday. Robinson will battle Martin Jenkins for a starting cornerback position.

Wide receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Mackensie Alexander, both freshmen, each pulled a groin last week, and junior receiver Adam Humphries pulled a hamstring. All three missed Monday’s practice.

The quartet of hobbled players is expected to return to the field before the end of the week. Offensive guard Spencer Region continues to work his way back from hip surgery.

Moving on from Clemson: Junior lineman Tra Thomas is transferring to another school out of Division I FBS, head coach Dabo Swinney announced. He appeared sparingly in five games the past two years.

Also, walk-on Dante Stewart has accepted a scholarship to an FCS program. He lettered in 2012, making five tackles in seven games, including one start.

Picking up the pace: The Tigers added shoulder pads to practice Monday for ‘thuds’ practice, after going in helmets, jerseys and shorts the first two days on the field.

‘Thuds’ will resume Tuesday, followed by the first full day of full pads Wednesday.

it was the first day we could see some hitting on the offensive and defensive lines,” Swinney said. “We have a competitive bunch and that is good to see. That is how you develop depth, through competition, and it starts in the lines.

“We have installed more in the first three days than we do in any week during the season and they have responded.”

Next practice: Tuesday, 4:20-7 p.m. … Swinney, players available for interviews

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