Clemson freshman offensive tackle J.K. Jay will redshirt this season amid plans to have back surgery Wednesday, coach Dabo Swinney said Monday.
Jay, an early enrollee from Greenville, exited the spring listed as a tri-starter at right tackle and was expected to serve as the No. 4 tackle in the rotation.
But he suffered what is believed a herniated disc while lifting weights late last month, and the injury has not responded to treatments as well as desired.
"It's a tough break for him, because he's a guy who had a chance to help us this year," Swinney said. "The good side of it is we've got that ol' boy for four more years. He's going to be OK and it's not like his career's over."
Jay will not be permitted to start rehab for six weeks after surgery, Swinney said.
As a result, former walk-on tight end Phillip Price was switched last week to left tackle for depth purposes.
Price has received most of the practice repetitions with both the second- and third-string lines the last two practices to get him up to speed.