Clemson Football: Tiger linebacker to be back for Sugar Bowl

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 11: Teammates Tre Lamar
CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 11: Teammates Tre Lamar /

Clemson football will most likely get back an important piece of its defense for the Sugar Bowl. Here’s an early look at injuries for the Tigers.

At one point this season, Clemson football was one of the most injured teams in the country.

The Tigers had at least five starters on the defensive side of the ball out for The Citadel game and have been working to get guys back healthy for quite some time.

One of the biggest lingering injuries suffered was by starting linebacker Tre Lamar.

Lamar suffered a “stinger” against Florida State on November 11th and hasn’t played since. Dabo Swinney spoke to the media this week, though, and it seems that Lamar will finally be back for the bowl game.

Good News:

This isn’t new news as we pretty much knew this since before the ACC Championship game, but it certainly is good news.

Sometimes, stingers like that can continue to linger and create even bigger problems.

Lamar does a great job stopping the run and that’s exactly what Clemson will need against Alabama. He is being eased back into practice, but it seems the coaches are very confident that he will be back by January 1st.

Overall, I’ve been impressed watching him play. He has taken huge steps and, in my opinion, is one of the best defenders on the field. He does a great job reading the offense and is an excellent mix of athleticism and physicality.

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Bad News:

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news for the Tigers.

Clemson football will be without reserve linebacker Judah Davis, who suffered a knee injury. Davis has played in all 13 games this season and has provided some depth at the linebacker position.

It’s very unfortunate for him to come down with an injury at this point, but we wish him the best in recovery.