Clemson will be without their starting QB vs Oklahoma

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will have surgery Friday and miss the Tigers’ upcoming bowl game.

Watson played with a torn knee ligament in Clemson’s 35-17 victory over rival South Carolina on Nov. 29. Swimney said then Watson would be available for the postseason.

The coach changed that stance Sunday, saying Watson could get a jump on the rehabilitation process if he had surgery before the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

This will be Watson’s second operation this season. He broke a bone in his throwing hand against Louisville in October and missed his next three starts. He returned against Georgia Tech in November, but played less than a quarter before injuring his knee.

The 18th ranked Tigers (9-3) face Oklahoma (8-4) in the bowl.

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