Clemson sustained its first significant injury when MRI tests revealed senior defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson has a torn quadriceps tendon in his right leg and will be out until at least midseason.
Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound Union native, started 10 games last season.
Jamie Cumbie, a 6-7, 275-pound junior, was challenging Jackson for his starting job. He will move up to first string. However, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has said Jarvis Jenkins, a 6-3, 303-pound sophomore, ultimately could earn the starting nod.
Coach Tommy Bowden, who said a day earlier he did not believe the injury serious, said Monday he was surprised at the results. Jackson was making a move in Saturday’s scrimmage when the tendons above his right knee pulled apart.
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“There really wasn’t any significant impact, and with his background (of quickly recovering from injuries), I really thought he’d be alright,” Bowden said. “They said it was an unusual injury.”
Junior offensive guard Jamarcus Grant, initially viewed as a stop-gap option at left guard, has made the most of redshirt freshman David Smith’s toe injury by showing vast improvement. Grant probably has earned playing time regardless of Smith’s progress.
Kicker/punter Richard Jackson overslept and missed a special teams meeting before Saturday’s scrimmage. Jackson already had ground to make up after being the only returning scholarship player not on campus for voluntary workouts during the second session of summer school.
Quote Of The Day
“I know they don’t like practicing, but some of them are faking us out like they do. That’s a good sign.” — Bowden
Third-string defensive tackle Jock McKissic sat out both of Monday’s practices after sustaining a concussion in Saturday’s scrimmage. Second-string defensive end Kourtnei Brown (shoulder) returned to full duty in the night practice. Reserve tackle Antwon Murchison (knee) remains sidelined indefinitely. Sophomore receiver Xavier Dye (shoulder) was upgraded to full participation as well.
The Tigers will have a three-hour workout this afternoon. All practices are closed to the public.