Injuries Creeping Up Again?

CLEMSON – On a damp and miserable day, the talk following Clemson's football practice Tuesday was all about injuries. Also following practice, wide receiver Chansi Stuckey giving an exclusive interview about his hamstring and status for Saturday's game against Maryland.

Stuckey, a sophomore, pulled a hamstring two weeks ago against Virginia and didn't play last Saturday against Utah State. It appeared that his hamstring was getting better, but he could only participate in very few drills Tuesday.

"The trainer said the weather was probably the reason why my leg was feeling bad," Stuckey said. "It was feeling pretty good yesterday, but today it got a little tight and I couldn't do too much on it. Hopefully I'll be back out here tomorrow."

With the Tigers (2-4, 1-3 ACC) needing to win the rest of their home games to have a shot at qualifying for a bowl game, Stuckey is counting on being ready for Maryland (3-3, 1-2 ACC). But he knows there are no guarantees.

"It's alright, but it's got a ways to go, though," he said. "I'm pretty sure I'll play this weekend. It felt good Saturday, but I just wanted to rest it up a little bit more. I feel about 80 to 85 (percent)."

As of Tuesday, wide receiver Michael Collins has moved ahead of Kelvin Grant on the depth chart and will be the fourth receiver used in four-receiver sets.

Collins, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior that transferred from Tennessee, was the leading receiver against Utah State with six receptions for 64 yards. He got the chance to start due to Stuckey's bad hamstring and Grant being suspended a game for missing a class.

"I think he's earned that with playing like he played," said receivers coach Dabo Swinney. "It's a game of production. … With the game Michael had, he deserves that opportunity. Kelvin's got to go get his job back. And he'll have the opportunity to do that.

"But it's not just catching balls. Not only did Mike catch the ball well, but he graded at 96 percent. But they're two totally different type players. There's a lot of things Kelvin can do that Mike can't do. But Mike brings certain things to the table that we need right now. He gives us some leadership, he gives us some toughness, a big, physical guy that's got a little size to him and totally understands his role … and he's going to do it well."

However, Swinney added that the starting three of Stuckey, Airese Currie and Curtis Baham are the solid starters.

Tight end Ben Hall, who sustained a bruised arm, practiced Tuesday and said he's ready to play Saturday.

However, there may be some bad news referring to 6-4, 290-pound, freshman offensive lineman Bobby Hutchinson, who suffered a leg injury during practice.

"He did something with his kneecap, but I'm not sure what it is," head coach Tommy Bowden said.

More will likely be known Wednesday. Top Stories