Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney provided an injury update, including news on Adam Choice, Jordan Leggett, and Tyshon Dye.
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The injuries are continuing to pile up for the Clemson Tigers. Adam Choice and Jordan Leggett both went down during Clemson’s 17-13 win over Boston College on Saturday and, as it turns out, we won’t be seeing either on the field for awhile.
The worst news was Dabo Swinney’s announcement that Choice, Clemson’s leading rusher this season, is out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL (via TigerNet).
"“Unfortunately, bad news on Adam. It does look like he tore his ACL. That is a tough loss for us. He was really coming along and getting ready to hit his stride. We’ll let him sit for a week or two and then we’ll repair his ACL. Obviously he will be out for the year. That’s a big loss for us”"
The news on Leggett was slightly better but, unfortunately, he will be out for a few weeks, as well (via TigerNet).
"“We got some good news on him (Leggett) It was a torn meniscus and kind of sprained his MCL. We were afraid it was an ACL, but it wasn’t. We will scope him tomorrow and he will be out a few weeks. Really fortunate with him.”"
The good news is that, while Clemson keeps losing players, others are beginning to get healthy. Swinney added an update on RB Tyshon Dye, saying that he will practice more this week and might even play this Saturday, against Syracuse.
"“It’s fortunate for us that Tyshon is working his way back,” Swinney said, via TigerNet. “He looked good in practice last week. We limited him last week. This week we’re going to cut him loose. He’s going to rep. With Adam down, he’ll take those reps.”"
Offensive lineman Joe Gore, who had his appendix removed a few weeks ago, was also ready to go this week, according to TigerNet.
With the depth Clemson has at running back, particularly with Dye returning, losing Leggett seems like it might hurt the most for the next few weeks. Choice may be Clemson’s leading rusher, but that isn’t saying a whole lot.
Choice has only 218 yards and a touchdown on the ground this season thanks, in part, to splitting the carries with the Tigers’ other running backs. The offensive line has also struggled with run-blocking all year, so the Tigers are going to have a tough time running the ball regardless of who gets the carries.
Leggett hasn’t put up stellar numbers either but he is a dangerous target as a receiver. And until Deshaun Watson returns, it kind of feels like Clemson may need all hands on deck in the passing game.
In any case, the Tigers will just keep plugging along. This season has shown that Dabo Swinney has built some incredible depth for this program. Most teams would not be able to able to put together a successful season with the number of injuries Clemson has dealt with so far, but the Tigers still have a 10-2 record directly in their sights.
Clemson should cruise to a couple easy wins in the next two weeks, against Syracuse and Wake Forest, then they will have a bye week to rest up before taking on Georgia Tech. Deshaun Watson could be available by then and hopefully the rest of the team will be a bit healthier, as well.