CLEMSON - Zac Brooks just can't run away from injuries, which continue to plague his football career.
One of Clemson's candidates to start at running back is lost for the year with a foot injury, the school said Wednesday afternoon. He was hurt in the team's final fall camp practice Monday night.
"Zac was having an outstanding camp and was ready for a terrific year," Dabo Swinney said. "This is a big loss because he is such a reliable player in all phases of the game. He knows the offense inside and out."
Brooks will redshirt this fall, and retain two years of eligibility. He had an injury-plagued senior year of high school in 2011, then hurt his shoulder in fall camp his freshman year at Clemson and re-injured it in a game at Maryland last season.
Brooks has 365 yards on 74 carries (4.9 average) with two touchdowns in 18 career games. He caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in last year's opener vs. Georgia.
If anything, this clears up the battle a bit for running backs coach Tony Elliott, who has senior D.J. Howard, junior C.J. Davidson along with freshmen Wayne Gallman, Tyshon Dye and Adam Choice. Dye is still recovering from an Achilles tear last winter.