Clemson LT Isaiah Battle leaving for NFL Supplemental Draft

Clemson left tackle Isaiah Battle said he has family matters, so he's leaving for the NFL Supplemental Draft. (Getty Images)

Clemson left tackle Isaiah Battle said he has family matters, so he’s leaving for the NFL Supplemental Draft. (Getty Images)

Clemson has lost two players in two days.

Starting left tackle Isaiah Battle is heading to the NFL Supplemental Draft, meaning the Tigers will return one offensive lineman this fall.

Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip was suspended Wednesday after being charged with cocaine possession and driving under the influence after an arrest earlier this month.

Battle started 11 games of Clemson’s 13 games in 2015 and has played in 27 games the past three years.

He said he has a child due this summer and “some family matters to address.”

“I want to thank everyone at Clemson, especially Coach (Dabo) Swinney and the assistant coaches, for what they have done for me the last three years. I also want to thank my teammates. They have all had a big impact on my career.”

Expect highly regarded freshman offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt to compete for the starting left tackle spot this year after spending spring drills backing up Battle.

“This will create a great opportunity for Mitch,” Swinney said in a statement. “We liked what we saw from Mitch in the spring and look forward to seeing his progress in August. We have other young offensive linemen who will also have a new opportunity for playing time.”


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