Swinney updates Deon Cain's playing status


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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talked to the media during the ACC Spring meeting on Tuesday afternoon and was asked about the availability of suspended sophomore wide receiver Deon Cain.

"He's served his time," Swinney said via ESPN's David Hale. "Sat him for two games -- big ones. I just felt like I needed to get his attention. ... I felt like I needed to draw a line in the sand to get this kid to see the big picture and understand the consequences of his action. And to his credit, he could've left. But I laid out what was going to happen this spring, and he chose to stay. That says a lot about Deon."

Back at the end of February, Swinney had the following to say during spring practice about his young playmaker.

"I am not worried about the football side of Deon Cain, Swinney said. The football side of Deon Cain is going to be special if I can get him dialed in on other things that really are more important. So we have really just removed the competitive part of this spring because I don't want him to get distracted. I want him to stay focused on what he is doing and handling his responsibility to this University and to this football program."

Cain had 34 receptions for 582 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman.

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