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Clemson reinstates suspended WR Deon Cain

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Clemson's wealth of offensive weapons will be a bit deeper when fall camp opens, as coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Tuesday that sophomore wide receiver Deon Cain has been reinstated to the team.

Cain was Clemson's second-leading receiver when he was abruptly sent him for a violation of team rules just a day before the Tigers' College Football Playoff game in the Orange Bowl in December.

"[Cain] is a great kid -- not a bad kid at all," Swinney said. "He just made some bad decisions. Just being held accountable for those things. He's come back and done everything we asked him to do. I'm really proud of what he's done."

Cain missed both the Orange Bowl and the national championship game and was held out of spring practice, but he continued to attend meetings and study film and worked during his down time to keep in shape, Swinney said. While the time away was necessary, Swinney said, he expects Cain to resume his position on the depth chart once fall camp opens.

"He's served his time," Swinney said. "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."

Swinney compared Cain to Clemson center Jay Guillermo, who left the team last spring for personal reasons, only to return in the summer and win a starting job.

"He had some real problems, and I didn't think I'd ever see Jay Guillermo again," Swinney said. "He was second on the team in leadership votes this spring -- one year later. It's a shame those things have to take place in a public forum for young people, but it comes with the territory. I'm hopeful Deon will have that same type of success. ... But he doesn't have any room for error."

Cain was the No. 2 receiver in the 2015 signing class and finished his freshman season with 34 catches for 582 yards prior to his suspension. He'll join Mike Williams, Artavis Scott, Hunter Renfrow and Jordan Leggett among the wealth of targets for quarterback Deshaun Watson this season.