Freshman tight end Jordan Leggett suffered an apparent MCL injury during Wednesday's morning workout and seems likely to miss the season opener against Georgia. Leggett was hurt during a situational scrimmage according to the school. He is expected to miss up to a month, but the injury does not appear to be season ending.
The injury is a blow to Clemson ahead of the Georgia game. After enrolling early and having a fantastic spring game, Leggett was expected to play an important role for Clemson at least until Sam Cooper returned in October. Now Clemson will be forced to rely on senior Darrell Smith, redshirt sophomore Stanton Seckinger and redshirt freshman Jay Jay McCullough.
As seen in several places, tight end is one of the most complex and important positions in Clemson's office. The sheer number of tasks the tight end is asked to do makes it hard for many players to grasp the position.
While there is some speculation about having Eric Maclain return to the position temporarily, Swinney said that it is unlikely except in certain blocking situations. Maclain is hitting the scales at 310 pounds after switching positions, not exactly a weight you want at tight end.
With concern about who will grab the number 2 receiver slot behind Sammy Watkins, the loss of another tight end puts even more of the weight on Watkins' shoulders ahead of the top 10 matchup against Georgia.