Tape It Up: Clemson: Win One, Lose Some

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Clemson: Win One, Lose Some

Clemson came away with the win on Monday night when Son beat Dad to take the Bowden Bowl 2007 title, but the Tigers' celebration was cut short by injury. Two starters, right guard Thomas Austin and defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson, were injured in the first half of the game and did not return - and Clemson hasn't said anything about the likelihood of their playing in this week's contest.

Austin, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound sophomore at the top of the depth chart, injured his left ankle in the second quarter and left the field with help. His backup, senior Brandon Pilgrim, must have been having sympathy pains - he hurt his elbow two plays later and had to leave the game as well. Tough break for the right guard contingent. Junior Bobby Hutchinson played the remainder of the game, and managed to stay injury-free - Hutchinson had previously seen action in 59 plays over two years, so he wasn't exactly a stranger to the live action.

Jackson, who held the top spot at a very deep position, left the game in the second quarter with a head injury of some sort - Clemson officials were not any more specific than that. Six-foot-7, 300-pound junior Jock McKissic certainly has the name and the size to step in while Jackson sorts out his head problems, but all of the team's backups should see at least a few snaps on Saturday when the Tigers host Louisiana-Monroe.

Just a Concussion
Tennessee defensive end Xavier Mitchell has recovered from the frightening injury that left him paralyzed for a few moments on the turf last Saturday. The senior suffered a concussion and lost consciousness, but has said that the injury "looked worse than it really was." Tests revealed that Mitchell had sustained no structural damage and he made the flight back with the team, although he has not yet been cleared to play this weekend. The starter performed running drills in early-week practices, but was not in pads.

Trainers are taking their time putting him back on the field, as this is the second concussion Mitchell has sustained in the last month.

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