Clemson will be without its starting kicker for the remainder of the season.
Greg Huegel was attempting a field goal in practice Wednesday when he tore his ACL, coach Dabo Swinney confirmed on ESPNU Radio.
“It was a freak accident on the last play of practice on Wednesday,“ Swinney said, via TigerNet. “We were in the two-minute drill, which we do at the end of every Wednesday practice. A defensive player rolled into him after his kick. He walked off the practice field and we hoped it was just a strain or a bruise, but the tests revealed a torn ACL.
“It is a big loss, we are talking about a two-time all-conference kicker. But, I have confidence in our kickers. Alex Spence will move up. He is in his fourth year with our program and has shown great improvement this year. He really had a good August camp.”
According to Swinney, Huegel — a redshirt junior — will be able to return next season.
Huegel is the second-leading scorer on the team with 21 points on two field goals and 15 extra points.
Coming off a national title, Clemson currently is 3-0 this season after huge wins over Louisville and Auburn.