Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Explains Why DB Malcolm Greene Entered Transfer Portal

Malcolm Green announced last week he was leaving Clemson to enter the NCAA transfer portal, and head coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that it won’t be long before Greene announces his next destination. 

The senior defensive back, who’s already graduated, decided to move on after seeing where he stood on the depth chart coming out of spring practice. 

“He just wanted an opportunity to maybe go somewhere where he could be a starter so we’ll try to help him with that for sure,” Swinney said at the Florence Prowl and Growl. “He’s a Tiger, always be a tiger and love that guy.”

The coaching staff is helping Greene, a Richmond Va., native, land at another school, and Swinney said he expects Greene to make that announcement soon. 

Greene, who played primarily nickel cornerback, was slowed by injuries in 2022 and played in just six games. He recorded eight tackles and one tackle for a loss.

Swinney said he was healthy this spring for the first time in a while, but Greene was unable to move up the depth chart and claim a large role. 

“He’s one of the best young men that’s come through our program,” Swinney said. “Unbelievably committed in every aspect. As all in as there could be, and unfortunately development slowed a little bit just because (of injury). I think this is the first semester he’s had healthy and it was really good to see him get out there.”

Greene leaves Clemson with 36 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two interceptions in three seasons with the Tigers. 

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