Clemson put together a performance for the ages in last season’s College Football Playoff, dominating Notre Dame and Alabama en route to the national title. Unfortunately, the program’s success on the gridiron was somewhat marred by multiple failed drug tests ahead of the Playoff.
Prior to the 2018 Cotton Bowl, the Tigers found out that three players would miss the game due to suspension. All three suspensions were related to the NCAA’s drug policy.
Zach Giella, Braden Galloway and Dexter Lawrence tested positive for ostarine. The punishment from the NCAA doesn’t affect Lawrence for next season because he entered the NFL Draft.
While the suspension certainly hurts Galloway and Giella, it affects the latter more since he was entering his senior season. Unfortunately, the experienced offensive lineman won’t be with the Tigers anymore.
According to Matt Connolly of The State, Zach Giella is no longer a member of Clemson’s football team.
Giella isn’t on Clemson’s online roster, but Galloway remains on it. The sophomore tight end still has time to enjoy his collegiate career.
Zach Giella’s career at Clemson is officially over.
The former Tigers offensive lineman, who was one of three players suspended for PEDs prior to the 2018 Cotton Bowl, is no longer listed on Clemson’s roster, and a school official confirmed Saturday afternoon that Giella is no longer a member of Clemson’s team.
According to the report, the team is still awaiting word on whether Galloway could be available for bowl season 2019.
Clemson has more than enough firepower to overcome these two losses for next season, especially with Trevor Lawrence leading the way. However, it must be heartbreaking for Dabo Swinney and his teammates to watch Giella’s career at Clemson end this way.