Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced Wednesday that redshirt freshman offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano will have to call it a career due to a shoulder/nerve pain injury.
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Swinney says he suffered from a rash of "stingers," which is a common football injury, but DeStefano wasn't recovering as fast and tests in his shoulder "didn't come back good."
"Basically the decision was made, along with his family and the doctor’s opinion to him, that he not play football any more," Swinney said. "That’s a tough blow for him. Patrick loves football. We don’t have anybody on this team who is more committed to being a great football player and committed to doing it our way.
"It’s just a shame to lose a guy like that. And on his way to being a great player. I really felt like he could be a special player for us."
Out of Dorman, he was ranked as high as the No. 13 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN. He played a career-high 58 snaps against S.C. State and his blocking led the way to a pair of touchdowns in a tight end role in the Georgia game.
DeStefano will stay on scholarship but not count against Clemson's scholarship number, taking a role as a student coach.
More injury news out of practice included starting safety Travis Blanks' status (knee), who is cleared to play, but ideally will sit out per Swinney. Freshman Jayron Kearse will get the start (his first). Reserve linebacker Ben Boulware (knee) will sit out, while B.J. Goodson (concussion) is back at the same middle linebacker spot.