Clemson football is gearing up for its final ACC game of the regular season this Saturday against Miami. And the Tigers will do so without OL Mason Trotter. The redshirt junior, who has been out since the start of the season, will not take another snap for the Tigers. Head coach Dabo Swinney made the announcement on Wednesday as part of his post-practice gathering with the media.
“It’s best for his future not to play, and I don’t disagree with that,” Swinney said. “Very disappointing, because he was a guy we were anticipating getting back.”
Swinney noted that a back injury surfaced for Trotter in September, and he had to have surgery on it. From there, the doctors determined that Trotter could not play again.
“It was crazy. Honestly, he got out of bed and couldn’t walk. He’s never had a back problem. It’s the weirdest thing ever,” Swinney exclaimed after practice on Wednesday. “He literally got up one morning, came in, and had a back issue. He had never had that. They tried everything and had to end up doing surgery on him, and he came to me about a couple weeks ago and let me know where he was medically and what the doctors were saying.”
The Tigers and Hurricanes will kick off Saturday at 3:30pm on ESPN from Memorial Stadium.