CLEMSON — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced Wednesday starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland will not play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 vs. LSU.
Breeland (groin) was injured on a special teams play against N.C. State and missed the South Carolina game.
South Carolina backup quarterback Dylan Thompson passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers as Clemson was without both starting cornerbacks. Fellow starter Darius Robinson (broken leg) also will miss the bowl game.
Clemson’s already thin secondary will be further tested against LSU.
“He had practiced some this month with the hope of getting him ready to play against LSU, but it is apparent he will not be well enough to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl,” Swinney said.
Breeland started five of the first seven games and had 30 tackles in those games. He played in just three of the last five and had just two tackles in 52 snaps. He played in 10 games and had five starts overall. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, three passes broken up and a sack.