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Final play of Clemson’s spring game costs backup QB his ’12 season

Dabo Swinney, Morgan Roberts AP

It’s bad enough to suffer an injury at any point in a meaningless spring game that costs you the entire upcoming season.

When that kind of injury occurs on the final play of said meaningless game?  That’s just beyond cruel and wholly unnecessary on the part of the football gods.

And yet that’s the position in which Tony McNeal finds himself this morning.  In a release, Clemson announced Monday evening that the reserve quarterback suffered a torn ACL on the last offensive play of the Orange & White Spring Football game.  As a result, McNeal will miss the entire 2012 season.

McNeal, who redshirted the 2011 season, was vying to become starter Tajh Boyd‘s backup.  He had completed 4-9 passes for 49 yards in the spring game before going down with the injury.

McNeal isn’t the only Tigers QB to suffering from a health-related issue, although Morgan Roberts‘ injury isn’t nearly as severe.  The redshirt freshman underwent surgery Monday to repair an injured ankle.  The school wrote that Roberts (pictured) should be ready to resume workouts this spring and summer.

As noted in the release, Roberts had a strong performance in the spring game as he completed 14-23 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, adding 35 yards on six carries.

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7 Responses to “Final play of Clemson’s spring game costs backup QB his ’12 season”
  1. davidjcu says: Apr 17, 2012 10:02 AM

    Hopefully McNeal gets a Medical Redshirt, just hope this kid recovers well

  2. rolltide510 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:09 PM

    That’s so Dabo.

  3. fitz66 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:37 PM

    80-20 chance he fully recovers.

    That might be too optimistic, actually. Its more like 70-33.

  4. drjem says: Apr 17, 2012 3:31 PM

    Hope we mends. The way Boyd gets knocked around (and Boyd can be a sissy if you admit the truth), daba doo NEEDS a good back up QB.

  5. bangitfootball says: Apr 17, 2012 4:49 PM

    I just heard Dwayne Allen on the NFL radio station bitchin about “dont take it out on me because all the other TEs suck” lol. Sounded a little like Vontaze Berfict

  6. jonkybon says: Apr 17, 2012 9:19 PM

    Well, thats the third and fourth string QB’s before Chad Kelly factors in. #1 is Boyd, who played in his HS Championship game with a torn ACL and #2 is Stoudt. Roberts will resume running in three weeks. Sorry Cock fans, but McNeal with his torn ACL is still better than anybody Spuriless can put out there. Clemson’s #7 WR is also better than the Shamecocks #1 this year. Ouch, facts hurt!

    Has your MLB been convicted for his six counts of terrorism or his second arrest for burglary yet? In Coach Mangus getting counsiling since he is now a registered sex offender? Has Crapolina found out how many years they will be banned from bowls, lost scholarships and their second probation in seven years? Will all their wins the last two years be vacated like the eal USC games were?

  7. jets12 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:18 PM

    Does Clemson play West Virginia this season?

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