Clemson football Coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday night that sophomore guard Marcus Tate will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury Saturday against Miami.
Tate was injured in the first half and was unable to return. He was replaced in the lineup by sophomore Mitchell Mayes.
“He’s gonna be out,” Swinney said. “We got good news and bad news. The good news is his ACL and all that stuff is good; the bad news is there’s like a little ligament or tendon or something that holds your knee cap and that’s where he got hurt. He’s gonna have to have surgery on that to get it fixed.
“Again, it’s not like an ACL surgery, so he’ll be fine. That’s the good news. The bad news is he’s gonna be out for us. I’m happy for him in that he was able to play 11 games and really got a lot of confidence this year. He’s still a young player and he really, really grew a lot this year. He’s very confident in his ability and he played so much faster and stronger than he did last year as a freshman.”
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Tate had started all 11 games this season.
Mayes is expected to replace him again when Clemson (10-1) hosts South Carolina (7-4) on Saturday (noon, ABC).
Clemson moved up one spot to No. 8 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll and jumped two spots to No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Tigers were ranked No. 9 in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, which will be updated Tuesday night.
“Mitchell has done well – he’s basically started two games in a row now,” Swinney said. “He really has done a nice job and I’m glad he’s had that type of experience. They played a ton of snaps – 60 something snaps.”