CLEMSON - The rain was pouring in Clemson on Wednesday, and a storm of two bad-news items struck the Tigers.
In the short term, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said starting cornerback Martin Jenkins will "probably miss" Saturday's non-conference home opener against South Carolina State with an injured ankle.
Jenkins, who had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown last year against S.C. State, played in every game in 2013 but was often limited with a dislocated shoudler. He also broke his thumb and lost a tooth last Oct. 5 at Syracuse.
In the long term, freshman wide receiver Kyrin Priester was dismissed from the football program "for an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards," Swinney said.
Priester had lined up among Clemson's kick return blockers during Georgia's opening kickoff Saturday.
Priester spent last season at Fork Union Military Academy in January when he didn't academically qualify at Clemson in 2013. But he enrolled in January, and had been listed as a backup wide receiver to junior Charone Peake on as recently as this week's depth chart.
Clemson has now lost three scholarship players from the program in the past five months: quarterback Chad Kelly, offensive tackle Shaq Anthony and Priester.
Swinney added that the reinstated seniors who were suspended for the Georgia opener due to a violation of team rules - defensive end Corey Crawford, left guard David Beasley and cornerback Garry Peters - will log significant playing time against S.C. State.