Louisville star cornerback Kei’Trel Clark is out of the year after suffering an injury vs. NC State over the weekend.

Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield announced that news at his weekly press conference on Monday. Clark is expected to have surgery for a lower leg injury.

This is a huge loss for the Cardinals. Clark has been one of the ACC’s best defensive players this season, already racking up 3 interceptions, 40 tackles and 9 pass deflections.

Clark was also exceptional in 2020. Last season, he made 36 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 10 pass deflections in 10 games. He was named 2nd team All-ACC for his efforts.

Louisville is 4-4 on the season but still has a chance to make a bowl game. However, the window is closing quickly — the Cardinals still have to face Clemson and a ranked Kentucky team to close out the year.

Kick off vs. the Tigers is at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.