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.