Clemson redshirt freshman offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano has a career-ending shoulder problem and will no longer play for the No. 3 Tigers, the school announced on Wednesday. DeStefano redshirted last year as a freshman and then played in each of the first two games this season -- 13 snaps against No. 5 Georgia as a tight end, and 58 plays at tackle against South Carolina State.
“I am very disappointed to announce that Patrick DeStefano will no longer play football here,” coach Dabo Swinney said, according to the school's release. “Over the last couple of weeks he has had a problem with ‘stingers’ and they just weren’t going away. He had a lot of tests on his neck and shoulders, had discussions with doctors and decided it was best for his future that he give up football.
“I really hate to hear this because I think he was on his way to becoming a great player," Swinney said. "He was really doing well. It is a shame, but it is the right decision. He, will remain on scholarship and will continue to be a part of this program.”
DeStefano was an ESPN top 150 player coming out of high school as he was ranked as the 115th best overall player in the nation. He played in the Shrine Bowl and in the Under Armour All-America game.