Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced on his conference call with the media Sunday night that starting left guard Marcus Tate will miss the rest of the season with an injury to his kneecap and will need surgery. Swinney said it is not like an ACL surgery and he expects a complete recovery. Swinney said the injury is similar to one defensive end KJ Henry had. Mitchell Mayes will replace Tate.
Swinney also said receiver Beaux Collins is close to returning and is hopeful he’ll return this week depending on how he does in practice. He’s officially listed as day to day.
Swinney had high praise for USC coming off their win last night over Tennessee and said quarterback Spencer Rattler showed why he was such a highly coveted player coming out of high school. Swinney called the game the biggest of the season and to win it is a goal in and of itself.