Sunday Clemson Football Notes

J.J. Howard - suffered knee injury (torn ACL) on his sixth play of the Virginia game and is out for the season. Howard started each of the first six games this season and was second on the Clemson team in sacks with four.

Gene Pate - starting holder suffered broken leg while running down the hill prior to Saturday's game with Virginia. Lost for the season.

Khaleed Vaughn - starting defensive end did not play against Virginia after undergoing knee surgery on October 5, questionable for NC State.

Eric Sampson - Starting WHIP linebacker. missed Virginia game with a sprained ankle. Questionable for NC State.

Airese Currie - starting wide receiver. Missed Virginia game with a sprained ankle. Questionable for NC State.

Defensive Stats
Jamaal Fudge led Clemson in tackles on Saturday against Virginia with 20. He had 16 first hits and four assists. He tied the Clemson single game record for tackles by a defensive back. Charles Hafley had 20 against Maryland in 2001.

John Leake was second in tackles with 13, while Leroy Hill had 11. Lionel Richardson was next on the list with seven.

Updated Clemson National Stats
Clemson team is second in nation in kickoff return average (28.4) team is 23rd in passing offense per game (279.17) and 27th in total defense, allowing 317.3 per game individually, Charlie Whitehurst is 20th in total offense, with 272 yards per game, he is 31st in passing efficiency, Kevin Youngblood is 18th in receptions per game, Justin Miller is 18th in the nation in kickoff return average, Derrick Hamilton is 25th in all-purpose running yards per game.

Clemson defense will face an NC State team that is fourth in passing offense and 11th in scoring offense to go with 19th in total offense, Philip Rivers is second in the nation in total offense and eighth in passing efficiency, Jerricho Cotchery is 14th in receiving yards per game, while punter Austin Herbert is 22nd in punting.

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