Getting A Break

  by - Radio Host - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:35 AM

Getting A Break
They say bad things happen in threes.  Maybe the offensive personnel at Clemson forgot that saying.

So far 10 players on offense have had significant injuries on Clemson's offense.

The most significant is freshman sensation quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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who broke a bone in his hand.  After his surgery, Watson is out and at this point the medical staff is not sure when he will return but the Georgia Tech game is the target date.

The Tigers entered the season with depth at running back despite Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS Fr. Running Back
#23 5-11, 214
Elberton, GA

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's achilles injury.  Now two backs are out for the season with Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Jr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 199
Jonesboro, AR

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' foot injury and the news of Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
Fr. Running Back
#26 5-10, 211
Thomasville, GA

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's torn ACL from Saturday.

Coming into the season the most promising wide receiver was Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 204
Moore, SC

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, who was coming off of an ACL surgery and had a meniscus surgery in August.  Peake played some early but has not seen the field in the last four weeks due to complications and swelling in that knee.  His status will be updated this week.

At tight end the season got off to a bad start when Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Sr. Tight End
#86 6-6, 250
Brentwood, TN

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broke a bone in his leg during pre-game warm ups in Athens.  Cooper has since returned, but Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
So. Tight End
#16 6-5, 251
Navarre, FL

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suffered a knee injury Saturday in Chestnut Hill and will miss the next few weeks.
On the offensive line starting center Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS So. Center
#57 6-3, 314
Maryville, TN

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is out with a hamstring injury and Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-5, 283
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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missed the last three games after appendectomy surgery.  Reserve tackle Oliver JonesOliver Jones
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#65 6-5, 313
Ninety Six, SC

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is out for the season with a torn ACL as well.

Other personnel issues have also taken a couple of potential contributors away from the program.  Offensive tackle Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
Offensive Tackle (2011 - 2014)
#76 6-4, 276
Williamston, SC

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transferred out of the program in August and reserve running back Kurt FlemingKurt Fleming
Fr. Running Back
#40 6-0, 233
Louisa, VA

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left the program last week.

The defense has had injuries to players like Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Jr. Safety
#11 6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL

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, who is out for the season with a knee injury.  Also, Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
RS Sr. Cornerback
#14 5-9, 185
Roswell, GA

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and Tony StewardTony Steward
Sr. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 236
Hastings, FL

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have missed time on defense with injuries, but the defense has more depth and has not lost the numbers of the offense.

The staff has done a good job of working around the 10 offensive injuries but it does make their job more difficult.  The offensive line has seen a couple of guys play several positions.  Reid WebsterReid Webster
RS Sr. Offensive Tackle
#77 6-3, 300
Woodstock, GA

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and Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 340
Chester, SC

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have been very versatile on the offensive line.  Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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, Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL

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and Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS So. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC

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have helped pick up where Peake left off.  The Tigers do have depth at tight end but will miss Leggett, and Dye may be back soon to take Choice's reps.

The one injury that affects the offense core than any other is obviously Watson's.  He is the best player on offense and he completely changes the offensive line.  At this point, the Tigers have survived the last two weeks by winning with defense.  That may be the formula until Watson gets back. Hopefully that will happen for Georgia Tech.

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Thomasville, GA

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and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-4, 273
Jacksonville, FL

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Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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