Injury may not sideline Chavis

CLEMSON - Miguel Chavis earned his starting spot in Saturday's season opener after putting together one of the top off-seasons at Clemson.

His Saturday ended prematurely after just 11 snaps into Clemson's 35-10 win over North Texas. Chavis joined the 75,000 fans on hand at Memorial Stadium for most of the afternoon with an ankle sprain. The senior's first game of his final season ended with just one tackle.

"I was on a double-team— I felt really good on it and the running back came up and I got caught in the pile. It got rolled up," Chavis said on Monday afternoon in the West End Zone. "Next play, tried to go on it. Luckily, we got off the field."

The training staff immediately went to work on the ankle to see if he was OK for a return on the following series.

"I thought I could go. I tried to go. I wanted to make sure because this is my last go-round," Chavis said. "Every snap, every rep is very important to me. I tried to go again and it wasn't feeling right, so I just came back off the field."

The injury is a "low-grade" ankle sprain, according to head coach Dabo Swinney.

Chavis will rehab this week with an eye on returning for Saturday's meeting with Presbyterian.

"I want to play every game. I wanted to play the rest of the last game, but I was enjoying watching Jarvis [Jenkins]. Jarvis had an awesome game," he said. "We really don't get to sit and watch each other, be a fan of each other.

"It was a good game. It was a little unfortunate that I couldn't play in all of my first home game as a senior, but I got to watch Jarvis. I told him, ‘You better be glad you got all of the stats this game because I'm coming for you next game.'"

Chavis doesn't want to compromise his health or the team's best interest by returning too early.

"I'm a Clemson Tiger. There are 100 guys, not just me out there. You want to keep it in perspective and hindsight is always twenty, twenty. If I can go, I'll go. If I can play, I'm going to play," he said. "If I'm going to hurt the team, I'm not. As far as if I'm going to hurt the team, if I'm not at the best of my ability and could hurt myself for another game, I'm not going to play." Top Stories