Clemson football coach Dabo Swain on Landen Zanders career-ending injury: ‘My heart is broken’

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Clemson – Clemson Football Junior security Landen Zanders had his heart set on the return.

His injured shoulder did not agree.

“My heart breaks for him,” Clemson’s coach Dabo Swinney said on Friday. “He felt a bit jaded and, honestly, mentally and physically didn’t feel like he could do it.”

Swine spoke to the media earlier First day of Precision practice, Clemson’s opening game is September 5 at Georgia Tech.

Zanders played all 14 games in 2019 as a freshman, helping the Tigers win the ACC and a place in the national championship game. He has since struggled with injuries and missed last season. He will graduate in December.

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“The hard part of the job and the hard part of the game,” Swain said. “But, man, we love Landen. He’s still a part of what we’re doing. He just won’t be able to get out there and play the game.”

Despite being healthy, Zanders had a tough task ahead of him in strong defense. He was behind All-ACC sophomore Andrew Mukuba and junior RJ Mickens on the depth chart.

“It’s a big loss because he’s another great, experienced player,” Swain said. “But we have options, obviously, with the people we have. We love the people we brought in. And you have some people who can cross-train when they need to.”

Todd Shensee covers Clemson Athletics for the USA Today Network.

This article was originally published on Greenville News: Dabo Swinney on Clemson DB Landon Zanders injury: ‘My heart is broken’

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