Swin­ney: Lawrence not in­jured

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Clem­son coach Dabo Swin­ney pas­sion­ately de­fended the health of quar­ter­back Trevor Lawrence on Wed­nes­day night, stat­ing that any throws his star quar­ter­back has missed through five games had noth­ing to do with a po­ten­tial shoul­der in­jury.

“There ain’t noth­ing wrong with Trevor. Noth­ing,” Swin­ney said. “If he missed a throw it’s be­cause he missed a throw. Pe­riod.”

Swin­ney was asked if he could con­firm Lawrence had an MRI on his shoul­der fol­low­ing the Texas A&M game, a day after TigerIl­lus­trated re­ported Lawrence suf­fered a bruised shoul­der against the Ag­gies and un­der­went an MRI.

Swin­ney seemed par­tic­u­larly an­noyed that a reporter texted him Tues­day night ask­ing him about the re­port.

“I’m not con­firm­ing any of that, and I don’t want any­body tex­ting me any­more. I had a me­dia guy text me the other night. That’s pri­vate in­for­ma­tion,” Swin­ney said. “If I want any­body to know our med­i­cal stuff, I’ll tell you. We’ll put it on the in­jury re­port. But peo­ple tex­ting me on my phone to ask me in­for­ma­tion that’s not pub­lic, in­for­ma­tion that I wouldn’t put out, un­less it was some­thing that needed to be put out. That’s bad busi­ness. That’s not how we do things.”

Lawrence en­tered the sea­son as the Heis­man fa­vorite but has been up-and­down through the first five games.

The sopho­more has com­pleted 61.8% of his throws in 2019, down from 65.2% last year, and he has eight touch­downs and five in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son after fin­ish­ing with 30 touch­downs and four picks in 2018.

But Swin­ney in­sisted the num­bers be­ing down from last sea­son are not in­jury re­lated.

“If we did an MRI or we didn’t, that ain’t no­body’s busi­ness. We do MRIs all the time. All the time,” Swin­ney said. “Trevor Lawrence is a great foot­ball player and a great leader. And there ain’t noth­ing wrong with him.”

While Swin­ney didn’t con­firm the MRI, he did say that Lawrence had a bruised shoul­der, but it’s not some­thing that is af­fect­ing his throw­ing mo­tion or his pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Hold on Hel­ton: USC in­terim AD Dave Roberts told the Los An­ge­les Times that he won’t be the one to make a de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of em­bat­tled coach Clay Hel­ton.

Or any­one else, for that mat­ter. Roberts, who took over after Lynn Swann abruptly re­signed a month ago, said it would be “un­fair” to whomever is hired as Swann’s re­place­ment.

“If a change was to be made, it would prob­a­bly be the prov­ince of a new AD,” Roberts said.

Whether new USC Pres­i­dent Carol Folt would take that de­ci­sion upon her­self re­mains an open pos­si­bil­ity.

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