Clemson will probably be with out its defensive chief and certainly one of its prime tacklers for “a couple of games.”
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney introduced Tuesday morning that linebacker James Skalski had an MRI and will probably be out for the foreseeable future due to a groin damage.
Clemson hosts Boston College this week, earlier than touring to face No. 4 Notre Dame subsequent week.
Skalski, a fifth-year senior, is fourth on Clemson’s workforce in tackles with 27. He missed final week’s sport towards Syracuse however Swinney was hopeful he would have the opportunity to return Saturday towards Boston College. However, that received’t be the case.
“I actually felt like Skalski was going to be good to go. He was feeling fairly good. But we ended up, after we examined him final night time, went and obtained a fast MRI and it appears to be like like he’s going to have to have a scope, so he’s going to be out for a couple of games,” Swinney stated. “That’s a giant loss for us. We have a couple of different guys banged up which can be working to get again, but it surely’s a day-to-day factor with these guys. But Skalski, he’s going to miss a couple of games, sadly.”
Skalski began all 15 games for the Tigers final season, ending second on the workforce in tackles with 105.
With Skalski out, redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Venables will begin at Mike linebacker for the Tigers. Jake Venables is the son of Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. He is third on Clemson’s workforce in tackles with 29.
Jake will now be answerable for ensuring everyone seems to be lined up and understands all the calls pre-snap.
Swinney additionally introduced that fellow beginning linebacker Mike Jones Jr. is “day-to-day” and he’s uncertain if he will probably be ready to play this weekend towards Boston College.