Clemson, SC-Fifteen players, including 10 players who would start
the game if healthy, were on Clemson's injury list on Monday. The
list includes four players who have been ruled out of the game. The
other 11 players are listed questionable at this point on Monday. An
update will be issued after practice on Thursday. Clemson must
travel to ninth ranked Georgia Tech on Saturday, a team that has not
played since September 8th.
"I can't remember having this many injuries, especially this
early in the season," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "It has
really hit us hard at the wide receiver position. It could effect
what we do on offense. We might have to run more three-wide receiver
sets. We will just have to evaluate who is healthy at the end of
Five wide receivers are on the list. That includes Kevin
Youngblood who broke his leg in the preseason and Jackie Robinson,
who broke his jaw in the Virginia game. Robinson had surgery to wire
his jaw shut on Monday. He will be out at least four weeks. As a
result of Jackie Robinson's injury, first-year freshman Airese Currie
will move into the starting lineup.
Other wide receivers on the injury list are Roscoe Crosby,
who has a sprained knee, Matt Bailey, a pulled hamstring, and J.J.
McKelvey, who also has a sprained knee. Crosby was hurt in the
Wofford game on September 8 and has not played since. Bailey and
McKelvey were injured against Virginia.
Starting tackles Nick Eason and Jovon Bush also did not
practice on Monday. Eason suffered a sprained ankle against Virginia
and played just five snaps. Bush played most of the game, but
suffered a bruised foot. Bush was on crutches on Monday. As a result
of the injuries on the defensive line, Bowden moved first-year
freshman offensive tackle Eric Coleman to the other side of the ball
at defensive tackle.
Eric Meekins suffered a pulled hamstring in the Virginia
game. Braxton K.Williams has been moved to first team free safety.
Clemson Injury Summary
*Kevin Youngblood (WR)-broken leg, out
*Jackie Robinson (WR)-broken jaw, out
*Marcus Houskin(FS)-broken neck, out
*Altroy Bodrick(LB)-torn ACL, out
*Roscoe Crosby (WR)-bruised knee, questionable
*Matt Bailey (WR)-pulled hamstring, questionable
*J.J. McKelvey (WR)-sprained knee, questionable
*Travis Zachery (RB)-bruised foot and knee, questionable
*Jovon Bush(DT) -bruised bone in foot, questionable
*Nick Eason, (DT), sprained ankle, questionable
*Eric Meekins (FS)-pulled hamstring, questionable
*Ben Hall (TE)-sprained ankle, questionable
*Keith Kelly(RB)-sprained knee, questionable
*T.J. Watkins(OT)-sprained ankle and knee, questionable
*Chad Jasmin (FB)-sprained ankle, questionable
TECH TO ENACT STRICTER SECURITY MEASURES FOR REMAINING HOME GAMES
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech Athletic Association will enact some
stricter security measures for the Clemson game Saturday and for all
remaining home games in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Backpacks will not be allowed through the gates Bobby Dodd Stadium,
and the Athletic Association reserves the right to search all other
types of bags. Fans are discouraged from bringing bags of any kind,
including purses. Gates will open one and a half hours prior to
kickoff, which is at 3:30 p.m.
Fans are also reminded that the following items are also prohibited:
food, alcohol, bottles, cans, thermos bottles, artificial
noisemakers, umbrellas and stadium seats with arms. The GTAA reserves
the right to refuse admission to or eject any person whose conduct is
disruptive or dangerous.
Extra security personnel will be on hand to assist in this process.
These measures also will affect members of the news media covering
Tech's games. All media, including photographers, are asked to be
aware that backpacks will not be allowed in, and other bags are
likely to be searched. The media entrance to the stadium is Gate 4.
The Athletic Association deeply appreciates the patience and
continued support of its patrons during these times.