Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow will miss time after suffering a hand injury, head coach Dabo Swinney announced Monday.
Renfrow is expected to miss “a few weeks.” Renfrow injured the hand securing a 35-yard touchdown reception in the Tigers’ defeat of Troy on Saturday.
“We thought Hunter was going to be fine, but the MRI on Monday showed a little crack below his thumb,” Swinney said in his Monday night radio show. “He could play with it, but the injury would make it more difficult to hold on to the ball when he tried to tuck it away. He will have surgery to repair it and miss a few weeks. We hope to have him back for the NC State game, but certainly by the Florida State game after the open date.”
Renfrow is a regular in the Tigers’ wide receiver rotation. He snagged 33 passes for 492 yards and five scores in Clemson’s run to the national title game, including seven grabs for 86 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama. He’d posted four receptions for 62 yards and two scores to date this season.
Ray Ray McCloud, fresh off a 7-catch, 86-yard performance against Troy, is expected to replace Renfrow in the starting lineup.
Clemson hosts South Carolina State on Saturday, then follows with a road trip to Georgia Tech, a home game with Louisville, a Friday night game at Boston College and returns home to face N.C. State on Oct. 15. The much-awaited trip to Tallahassee looms on Oct. 29.