In Week 11 against Georgia Tech, Beaux Collins went for 65 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Those five grabs turned out to be his final five of the season. After suffering a torn plantar fascia, Collins is out for the season and will miss Clemson’s final game of the regular season against South Carolina.
Collins was Clemson’s leader in receiving yards, finishing the season with 510 and three touchdowns on 38 grabs. Going into the final game of the year, he is third in receptions behind Tyler Brown and tight end Jake Briningstool.
There is a chance that he won’t return and instead will opt to head for the NFL draft following his junior season, a disappointing one by Clemson’s standards.
Without Collins, Clemson will need to lean heavily on Brown and Briningstool, along with redshirt sophomore Troy Stellato who has made 34 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown this season. Stellato is more of an underneath receiver, averaging 8.2 yards per reception.
Clemson needs another deep threat to emerge in Collins’ stead. He led the team averaging 13.4 yards per reception. Antonio Williams would be a candidate to fill in that role, but he is also likely to miss the game with an injury.
Sophomore Adam Randall will be forced into a big role against South Carolina. Randall is averaging 12.4 yards per reception with 199 yards on 16 catches.
In Garrett Riley’s first year as the offensive coordinator for Clemson, the Tigers have relied heavily on short passes and that could be even more pronounced today.
Beaux Collins injury status:
Collins is OUT against South Carolina.