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Clemson OL Blake Vinson Out For The Season

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CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 15: The Clemson Tigers Rally Cats perform during a stoppage in play of the Tigers' football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

The Clemson Tigers have steamrolled the opposition this year en route to a 4-0 start to the season. But it looks like they'll have to go the rest of the campaign without offensive lineman Blake Vinson.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced this week that Vinson has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a patella injury. Vinson was the designated backup left tackle, and a crucial piece of depth along Clemson's line.

Swinney also announced that Vinson will be undergoing surgery soon. He expressed optimism that Vinson will be ready to return when spring practice come around.

Via The State:

“Blake Vinson is out. We’re going to go ahead and do surgery on him. He’ll miss the rest of the year with a patella injury,” Swinney said. “They’re going to go ahead and do it now so he’s fully recovered and ready to go for spring practice. Hate that for Blake.”

In the interim, Swinney announced that freshman Will Putnam will take over for Vinson.

A three-star prospect from the state of Florida in 2017, Vinson redshirted his freshman year. But according to The State, he is eligible to get a separate medical redshirt and potentially get a sixth year at Clemson.

It's a tough break for Vinson, but may be far from the end of his college career.

Good luck on recovery Blake!