Clemson starting left guard David Smith will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery today and will miss Clemson’s game against Auburn on Saturday, the school announced. Smith suffered the injury at practice on Tuesday.
Smith had started the first two games and has 16 career starts. Mason Cloy will start in his place. Cloy is a veteran with 19 career starts entering Saturday’s game.
Smith’s injury adds even more concern to an offensive line that coach Dabo Swinney has not been entirely pleased with. The Tigers allowed four sacks in their win over Wofford, and failed to get a critical fourth-and-1. On Swinney’s Sunday teleconference, he publicly called out Smith’s poor play, and said that fans could see more of Cloy and Brandon Thomas at the guard positions.
Ironically, Smith was injured in the closing moments of last year’s overtime loss to Auburn when he suffered a high-ankle sprain and missed the next two games.