CLEMSON — The first major injury of the season to a starter has struck.
Clemson junior wide receiver Charone Peake tore his ACL in practice Tuesday, announced by the team Wednesday. He will miss the remainder of the season with the knee injury.
“This is a big loss, Charone was having a great year and was going to have a great year,” Dabo Swinney said. “We are thin at receiver with just six scholarship players now. We like to carry 10 at that position. We have good players, but we don’t have a lot of bodies.”
Peake had eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown in his only two games of 2013. He is expected to apply for a medical redshirt, thus retaining two years of eligibility starting next year.
In 2012, Peake’s 25 catches ranked fifth on the Tigers, tallying 172 yards and a pair of TDs.
Junior Adam Humphries (41 catches, 280 yards in 2012) moves into Peake’s starting position, alongside 2011 All-American Sammy Watkins and deep threat Martavis Bryant. Other potential receivers to see more playing time including redshirt freshman Germone Hopper (coming off an ACC Rookie of the Week honor), and true freshmen Mike Williams and T.J. Green.