Pat Cyrgalis Suspended


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CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson starting tight end Pat Cyrgalis has been suspended from the Tiger football team for a violation of team rules, Head Coach Tommy Bowden announced Monday.


Cyrgalis had 12 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns last season. The native of Kearny, NJ was the first Clemson tight end in 10 years to catch a touchdown pass. He led the Tigers in receiving at Georgia Tech with 4-58, the first time since 1985 that a tight end led Clemson in receiving in a game. Overall, the rising sophomore had played 11 games and started four. He played 249 snaps.


"Pat Cyrgalis has been suspended for the remainder of the spring for a violation of team rules," said Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "I will reevaluate his situation at the end of the semester. If he does return to the team he will be suspended for the season opener against The Citadel."


The Tigers practiced for an hour and a half on Monday on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center. Many players missed the workout due to injury. All-America candidate Robert Carswell was out with a pulled hamstring, while Alex Ardley missed the practice with a sprained knee. Charles Harper was a third defensive back out due to injury. The red-shirt freshman missed the action with a pulled hamstring.


Travis Zachery continued to miss practice due to a clavicle injury, an injury that will force him to miss at least another week. Chad Jasmin was out with a knee injury, but could be back by Wednesday. Bernard Rambert was limited in his work due to a hip pointer and Mike Seth was out with a knee sprain and a back sprain.

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