Posted by Chip Patterson
Clemson's explosive offense may be lacking one very important tool when they face West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4. DeAndre Hopkins, the Tigers' second-leading receiver, was injured in an auto accident Tuesday morning and did not join the team as they departed for Miami to begin preparations for the bowl game.
Hopkins was driving from his home to Memorial Stadium to join the team when the accident took place, the sophomore has been diagnosed with a mild concussion and officially listed as questionable for the season-finale against Mountaineers.
“First of all, we are relieved that DeAndre is going to be all right,” Head coach Dabo Swinney said in a prepared statement. “He is lucky. We are told he does not have any serious injuries and we hope to have him join us soon. Obviously, DeAndre is one of the main parts of our offense and this would be a big loss if he is not able to play.
“But, it is too soon to speculate one way or another on his status for the game eight days from now.”
"Nuke" Hopkins has recorded 70 receptions for 854 yards in 2011, the fifth most in the ACC but still second on his own team. But that's the way it goes when you line up opposite ACC Freshman of the Year Sammy Watkins.
As one of the "senior" - Hopkins is a sophomore - members of the Tigers' receiving corps, Nuke was Tajh Boyd's go-to for key 3rd down plays or whenever Watkins was slowed by injury. With eight days to recover from what sounds like minor shakeups, I'd still expect Hopkins to be out on the field in Sun Life Stadium next week.
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