The Clemson Tigers are expecting to have one of the best wide receiver units in college football next season. However, they may have taken a severe hit during spring practice. The Tigers fear sophomore wide receiver Amari Rodgers suffered a torn ACL on Monday.
Rodgers, the quick slot receiver type, was second on the team with 55 receptions in 2018. He gained 575 receiving yards, while scoring 4 touchdowns for the national champions. Rodgers blossomed into one of the go-to players in the passing game during his sophomore season. Despite many excellent receivers on the roster, Rodgers was expected to be relied upon even more in 2019. Rodgers caught 19 passes for 123 yards during his freshman season. Overall, he has 74 receptions for 698 yards in two years with the Tigers.
Remember, the Tigers also lost senior Hunter Renfrow after four stellar years. Renfrow caught 49 passes last season. Meaning, 2 of the top 4 receivers are likely gone from an explosive offense. At least the Tigers won’t be lacking any big play potential from a couple of pass catchers.
Tee Higgins led the Tigers with 59 receptions for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Meanwhile, freshman Justyn Ross was fourth on the team with 46 receptions for 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns. Ross led the Tigers with 21.7 yards per reception last season. Still, Rodgers’ potential loss could hinder the entire passing game if he is out for the full season.
However, he could be the missing link at the end of the season. Depending on when Rodgers is able to play, he may still be a factor down the stretch and still remain in contention for a redshirt season.