CLEMSON — Freshman cornerback Mackensie Alexander aggravated a painful injury Tuesday, exactly one month after sustaining a pulled groin, and will miss Saturday’s tilt against South Carolina State.
The top-flight recruit was hoping to make his Clemson debut in a soft matchup, but according to head coach Dabo Swinney, a redshirt is not out of the question if Alexander’s injury lingers too long.
The next possible debut for Alexander would be Sept. 19, the Tigers’ ACC opener on Thursday night against North Carolina State. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables, speaking Tuesday before Alexander’s setback, is confident Alexander can step into any environment and play.
“That kid don’t care,” Venables said. “I wouldn’t be scared because he’s got the right demeanor for it, and he doesn’t care who he’s going up against. He’s mature beyond his years in those ways.”