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Clemson OL Patrick DeStefano retiring due to shoulder injury

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Clemson offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano's career has come to an end before it ever really got started. Following practice on Wednesday Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced the redshirt freshman was giving up football because of a shoulder injury.

"I am very disappointed to announce that Patrick DeStefano will no longer play football here," said Swinney in a release. "Over the last couple of weeks he has had a problem with ‘stingers' and they just weren't going away. He had a lot of tests on his neck and shoulders, had discussions with doctors and decided it was best for his future that he give up football.

"I really hate to hear this because I think he was on his way to becoming a great player. He was really doing well. It is a shame, but it is the right decision."

The good news for DeStefano is that Swinney also said he'll remain on scholarship and will continue to be a part of the Clemson program. And it's always nice to see schools honoring the scholarships they hand out no matter what.

DeStefano appeared in two games for Clemson this season, against Georgia and South Carolina State. He was a three-star member of Clemson's 2012 recruiting class.

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