Clemson loses place-kicker Greg Huegel to torn ACL

Clemson place kicker Greg Huegel
Clemson place kicker Greg Huegel
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22 September, 2017

Huegel was injured when a defensive player rolled into him while he was attempting a kick, the school announced Thursday. He has also kicked off a handful of times, including twice this season.

Clemson will be without place-kicker Greg Huegel for the remainder of the season after the junior tore his ACL on a field goal attempt late in Wednesday's practice.

Coach Dabo Swinney said it was a "freak accident on the last play of practice".

Huegel was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award last season after making 14-of-19 field goals and earning second-team All-ACC honors.

Huegel was 2-for-4 on field goal attempts this year and nine of his 17 kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Redshirt junior Alex Spence, who is Huegel's backup on the Tigers' depth chart, has little experience. We are talking about a two-time all-conference kicker.

But Swinney says Spence looked good during August practice making a 51-yard field goal in a scrimmage. Spence has appeared in seven games in his career and is two-for-two on extra point tries.

Christian Groomes, a junior out of nearby Daniel High, is listed third on the Tigers' depth chart.

Cole Renfrow, a tight end and the younger brother of Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow, also suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday during a non-football activity.

Clemson (3-0), now ranked No. 2 after beating Louisville on the road, hosts Boston College (1-2) on Saturday.


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