Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney on Lannden Zanders' career-ending injury: 'My heart breaks'

CLEMSON — Clemson football junior safety Lannden Zanders had his heart set on a comeback.
His injured shoulder didn't agree.
"My heart breaks for him," said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Friday. "He had a bit of a setback and honestly, mentally and physically, he didn't feel like he could make it."
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Swinney spoke to the media ahead of the first day of preseason practice. Clemson's opening game is September 5 at Georgia Tech.
Zanders played all 14 games as a freshman in 2019, helping the Tigers win the ACC and make it to the national championship game. Since then he has struggled with injuries and missed all of last season. He will graduate in December.
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"A difficult part of the job and a difficult part of the game," Swinney said. “But, man, we love Landden. He's still a part of what we do. He just won't be able to run out there and play the game."
Zanders had a difficult task ahead of him with strong security, even if he was healthy. He stood behind All-ACC student Andrew Mukuba and junior R.J. Mickens on the depth map.
"It's a big loss because he's another great, experienced player," said Swinney. “But we obviously have options with the guys we have there. We love the boys we brought. And you have some guys who can cross train if we need them."
Todd Shanesy covers Clemson athletics for the USA TODAY Network.
This article originally appeared in Greenville News: Dabo Swinney on Clemson DB Lannden Zanders Injury: 'My Heart Is Breaking'
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