Last week in Clemson’s loss to NC State, the Tigers also lost their most effective offensive player. Will Shipley left the game with a concussion after a blow to the back of the head and has spent the week in concussion protocol.
It was a scary scene as Shipley initially appeared still on the field after the hit, but eventually, he walked off under his own power.
Shipley has been one of the few bright spots for the 4-4 Tigers who are 10th in the ACC following another loss to an ACC rival in Week 9. He has run for 515 yards and three touchdowns with an average of 4.6 yards a carry.
When asked about the status of his star running back, Dabo Swinney, who has had a very interesting week with the media, said, “the medical people have got to say he’s good to go. I don’t get involved.
Swinney later added, “they have protocols in place and they’ve got all kinds of stuff that you have to go through to be cleared back to play.”
In Shipley’s stead, Phil Mafah had to shoulder a heavier workload against the Wolfpack and finished the game with 84 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Mafah has run for 439 yards and six touchdowns this season while averaging 6.0 yards per carry.
Whether Shipley can go or not, Clemson will have a reliable back in the backfield because Mafah has emerged as an efficient second option and an effective workhorse when called upon. Notre Dame is 37th in run defense this season and only allows opponents 3.5 yards per carry. That ranks the Fighting Irish 32nd in the country.
Will Shipley injury status:
Shipley is officially listed as day-to-day.
Latest injury updates:
Tyler Brown, WR: Questionable