Swinney addresses All-ACC cornerback Kendrick’s departure


GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 28: Garrett Wilson #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is tackled by Derion Kendrick #1 of the Clemson Tigers after making a first down catch in the first half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA/AP) — Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney addressed the departure from the team of All-ACC cornerback Derion Kendrick following Monday’s spring practice.

The Associated Press confirmed Sunday through a team spokesman that Kendrick was no longer on the Tigers team.

The senior from Rock Hill, South Carolina, who missed games last season due to discipline issues.

“There’s really not much to say about that other then he’s not with us anymore,” Swinney said Monday. “I love D.K. He’s a got a really good heart. He’s never been a disrespectful young man. Sometimes there just needs to be a change.”

Swinney did not elaborate on the reason for his departure and wished Kendrick well “at his next stop.”

He has been projected as a high-round NFL draft pick but said in January he would return to Clemson for another season. Kendrick was a starter the past two seasons and was expected to start again this fall.

He was named a first-team all-ACC cornerback last season.

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