Notre Dame Football appears that it will be facing a depleted Clemson Tigers squad that will be without its starting running back and possibly starting QB.
The Notre Dame Football team might be missing tight end Mitchell Evans this Saturday, but it appears that Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers have already won the showdown when it comes to impact injuries. That includes one surprise injury announcement that could hamstring the Death Valley residents on Saturday afternoon.
Clemson star tailback Will Shipley, the team’s leading rusher, has been ruled out for today’s game against Notre Dame Football, ESPN first reported. Shipley rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. He has 500 yards this season.
The star running back is far from the only Clemson impact player that will be out against Notre Dame Football. Guard Marcus Tate, defensive end Justin Mascoll, and defensive backs Sheridan Jones and Jayln Phillips are all out today and all have been starters this season.
There is one more Tiger starter whose status remains in the air. Starting quarterback Cale Klubnik hasn’t been listed as out today yet, though it’s not thought that he’s 100 percent healthy. The Clemson Insider reported that Klubnik was spotted on campus walking around in a boot this week.
That hints that even if Klubnik is able to play, he’s not going to be at full strength.
The ACC power possibly being without its starting QB would have been bigger news a few years back. This year, Clemson has struggled, but Klubnik has still been an effective quarterback for Swinney’s squad, completing 63.9 percent of his passes for nearly 2,000 yards, 13 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions.
No Clemson QB has thrown more than 10 passes outside of Klubnik this year.
Notre Dame Football is relatively healthy
In comparison to Clemson, Notre Dame Football is healthy as a horse. Mitchell Evans’ absence will be felt, considering he’s the team’s leading receiver.
However, the Irish have a couple of weapons that were thought to possibly be missing the game, back. Just an hour ahead of the game, Notre Dame Football announced that any player listed on this week’s depth chart, is expected to be available.