Marcus Houskin Lost for Season


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Clemson, SC-Red-shirt sophomore Marcus Houskin, who made his first
career start at free safety last Saturday against Wofford, has been
lost for the season due to a broken neck. The break was detected
during X-rays on Monday. The injury was suffered during the second
quarter of Clemson's 38-14 win over Wofford on Saturday at Death
Valley.


"This is certainly a big loss, Marcus was really improving
and had moved into the starting lineup," said Head Coach Tommy
Bowden. "We are thankful that he does not have any paralysis or
neurological damage and should make a full recovery.


"I have been lucky in the past in that we hadn't had many
players lost for the season. But, this is the third player we have
lost since the beginning of practice and all three are starters and
key players."


Dr. Byron Harder, Clemson team physician, said Houskin will
have surgery Wednesday to fuse his vertebra at Oconee Memorial
Hospital. He will be in a brace and will miss the rest of the season.


Houskin, a native of Douglasville, GA, had played in both
games so far this season, the first as a reserve and the second as a
starter, and had nine tackles, including six first hits. He had 16
tackles in 12 games last year as a reserve safety.


Bowden said that Eric Meekins, who started the first game at
free safety against Central Florida, will move back to the starting
lineup against Duke. Freshman Travis Pugh, a first-year freshman
from Manning, SC, will move into the backup role behind Meekins.
Pugh did not play in the first two games of the season.


During the preseason, Clemson lost starting linebacker Altroy
Bodrick to a torn ACL and sophomore wide receiver Kevin Youngblood
to a broken leg. Bodrick is definitely out for the season and will
come back in 2002 as a red-shirt senior. Youngblood's status will be
reevaluated in a couple of weeks.

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