Clemson linebacker suffers another torn ACL

Clemson freshman linebacker Bryton Constantin has suffered another torn ACL, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney confirmed during his Tuesday press conference.

Constantin originally tore his ACL in February and reinjured it while doing rehab, Swinney said.

“You hate it. Hate it for him. I think they’re gonna fix it Friday. Our doctors are going to do it. He had it done in Louisiana the first time,” Swinney said. “The good news is he’s got Amari Rodgers to look up to, a guy that just got player of the week.”

Constantin was rated as a four-star linebacker and the No. 8 outside linebacker in the country coming out of University Lab High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

“Bryton’s got a good attitude. Better it happen now than in December,” Swinney said. “He’s got his whole career in front of him. There’s no reason he can’t come back and be better than ever.”

In addition to Constantin, freshman walk-on linebacker Matthew Maloney has also suffered a torn ACL, Swinney announced.

Ahead of schedule

Swinney believes Clemson’s offense is at a better spot through three games this season than it was in 2018.

The offense hasn’t clicked on all cylinders, particularly at quarterback with Trevor Lawrence throwing five touchdowns and five interceptions.

Still, Swinney feels good about where the unit is.

“It’s not even close after three games, to be honest with you,” Swinney said. “Offensively, I just didn’t think we quite had that killer instinct yet and we were still a work in progress. Justyn Ross was true freshman. Trevor Lawrence was still coming along and we were trying to figure everything out. Just weren’t where we are right now as an offense. We are just way ahead.”

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Matt Connolly is the Clemson beat writer and covers recruiting and college sports for The State newspaper and The