He will likely miss the remainder of the season.
Downer made a six-yard reception early in the fourth period,
but was injured on the play and was helped to the sideline. He was
taken to Oconee Hospital in Seneca, SC, where he underwent surgery
to remove his spleen. The surgery was successful and he will remain
in the hospital for a few days.
The senior from Chantilly, VA had scored his first career
touchdown for the Tigers in the first half of the game on an
eight-yard reception from Charlie Whitehurst. He had two receptions
for 14 yards in the contest and 5-38 for the season. He lettered in
2004 as a reserve tight end and offensive tackle. He first attended
Clemson in 2003 as a transfer from Hampden-Sydney College in
"We are really going to miss Cole Downer," said Head Coach
Tommy Bowden. "He has good hands, is an outstanding blocker and
really fits what we are doing with this offense. He has been working
very hard. This is a blow to our team."
Clemson coaches voted Downer as the Offensive Player of the
Week for the Miami (FL) game.
Downer Has Spleen Removed
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