If Clemson wants to win its bowl game against Oklahoma, it will have to do it without the services of star freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. A report came out earlier today from The Post and Courier which said that Watson will need season-ending surgery on his partially torn ACL in his left knee.
According to two separate sources, Clemson has decided to shut down its precocious freshman quarterback, electing to go ahead with season-ending knee surgery to repair Watson’s partially torn ACL in lieu of waiting until after the 18th-ranked Tigers’ Russell Athletic Bowl appearance Dec. 29 against Oklahoma.
Watson hurt his knee earlier this season, and played during the Tigers’ regular season finale against South Carolina with the injury. According to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, Watson’s knee brace acted as his ACL during the game.
The surgery is reportedly scheduled to take place on Friday. Watson completed 67.9 percent of his passes this year and compiled 1,466 passing yards in eight games. He threw for 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, and ran for another 200 yards and five touchdowns.
Clemson will play Oklahoma on Monday, Dec. 29 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The game is scheduled to kick off at 5:30 P.M. EST on ESPN.