Dabo Swinney announces season-ending injury for key special teams contributor
Dabo Swinney delivered some unfortunate injury news on Sunday night.
Clemson will be without backup linebacker Matthew Maloney for the rest of the season. Maloney tore his ACL on Saturday night against Florida State.
Swinney told reporters that Maloney was a starter for the Tigers on 3 different special teams units.
Dabo Swinney says reserve LB Matthew Maloney tore his ACL against FSU last night. Had been starting on three of Clemson's special teams units
— Chapel Fowler (@chapelfowler) October 16, 2022
Maloney is a junior walk-on for the Tigers. Entering the 2022 season, he had played 11 career defensive snaps. His biggest contributions to the program this season have come on special teams.
In 2021, he was credited with 3 tackles on special teams in appearances that spanned 5 games.
Clemson is now 7-0 on the season and is a big favorite to win the ACC Atlantic division title. The Tigers are also strong contenders to reach the College Football Playoff.
Clemson will have to find a replacement for Maloney prior to this weekend’s game against Syracuse. The Orange are undefeated this season and would take over 1st place in the Atlantic division with a win.
Clemson and Syracuse kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.