Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said this week that his team was as healthy as it’s been all season, and he was proud of how they’ve handled themselves in terms of COVID-19 protocols.
That all seems to have paid off for Saturday night. Coming off an open date, No, 1 Clemson doesn’t have any unexpected starters out for the 8 p.m. game against Virginia in Memorial Stadium.
The Tigers will be without defensive ends Xavier Thomas and Justin Foster, which Swinney basically announced earlier in the week. Thomas is still working himself into football shape after a pair of offseason illness and is getting close to returning. Foster, meanwhile, hasn’t been cleared medically this season and is still day-to-day.
Of the 119-man roster, Clemson will also be without OL Kaleb Boateng, LB David Cote, S Peter Cote, WR Hampton Earle, WR Tye Herbstreit, LB Matthew Maloney, TE Luke Price and DT