ON THE MEND — Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant evades a tackle during last Saturday’s 28-14 victory over Wake Forest. Bryant came out in the third quarter of the game with a left ankle sprain, but he is expected to play against Syracuse on Friday night at the Carrier Dome. (AP Photo)

Clemson coach: Bryant ‘ready to go’ against SU

Published Oct 12, 2017 at 4:10pm

(AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Kelly Bryant will be “ready to go” when the second-ranked Tigers play Syracuse on Friday night.

Bryant came out in the third quarter of last week’s 28-14 victory over Wake Forest because of a left ankle sprain. Bryant wore a walking boot in postgame and said he uncertain about his status.

But Swinney said Wednesday that Bryant had practiced and was prepared to play when Clemson (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) heads north to play the Orange (3-3, 1-1).

Bryant has hardly missed a beat this season in taking over for two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson.

Bryant has passed for 1,259 yards and four touchdowns and run for seven scores to help the Tigers defeat top-15 opponents Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech.

Orange captains named

Nearly halfway through its season, Syracuse finally has picked its team captains.

Orange coach Dino Babers announced Wednesday that junior quarterback Eric Dungey, senior linebacker Zaire Franklin, and redshirt sophomore punter Sterling Hofrichter were elected by a team vote prior to last week’s game against Pittsburgh.

Senior receiver Steve Ishmael, senior linebacker Parris Bennett, and junior snapper Matt Keller were voted co-captains of their respective units.

Franklin is just the three-time captain in 128 years of football at Syracuse.

He joins Robert Adams, a three-year starter at middle linebacker from 1894-96.

Prior to the vote, captains had rotated on a game-by-game basis for the first five weeks of the season.