Clemson Tigers to be without three starters vs. Wake Forest; no reason given

The No. 1 Clemson Tigers will be without three starters – cornerbacks Darian Kendrick and Mario Goodrich and defensive end Justin Foster – for Saturday night’s game against Wake Forest.

The Tigers did not specify why three of the 40 players listed by the university were not there to travel for the game. The ACC has limited the travel roster to 80 this season for conference road games.

Clemson coach Dabo Swine confirmed earlier this week that the program would not reveal why the players were out.

The loss is a blow to the Clemson defense – and depth will be a concern, especially for the secondary.

Kendrick, a Presidential All-ACC selection, made the group headlines, while Goodrich competed for a starting spot with Andrew Booth.

In addition to not being Foster, Clemson is also without defensive end Xavier Thomas, a starter from a year ago who was declared out for the season following a contract with the Coronovirus earlier this year. Justin Mascoll and true freshman Miles Murphy are expected to get big roles from Foster Out.

On Friday, Clemson said it completed 1,013 COVID-19 tests during its latest round of screenings, with 24 individuals positive – including 19 student-athletes from nine sports. It did not include Friday’s tests or results.


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