Clemson’s chances of repeating as National Champions took another hit, as news broke of team workhorse Garrett Williams surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Williams has played in every game for the last two season for the Tigers. He was poised for a breakout Junior year with Clemson, but that will be put on the shelf while he recovers and gets his body back up to speed.
While Williams hasn’t made a huge impact on the offensive side of the ball yet, he is a key blocker for Clemson on offense and an important part of the special teams unit.
Williams has tallied only two catches for 19 yards through his first two seasons at Clemson, but has been available to play every game; there is a good deal to be said for a player who is consistently ready to answer the call.
Clemson is already working double-time to replace the loses of playmakers on both sides of the ball, and even the slightest hiccup elsewhere will slow the process down considerably.
Williams is yet to use his redshirt, and that might be the route Clemson chooses to take to preserve his eligibility for this season. It’s unclear whether he will be physically fit to return to the field this season either way.