The Tigers will be shorthanded for their opener.
Clemson and Georgia are set to meet in the season opener for both teams next season (Aug. 30), but the Tigers will be shorthanded for the meeting in Athens.
Coach Dabo Swinney announced in his pre-spring press conference four players are suspended for that game due to a violation of team rules. Guard David Beasley, tackle Shaq Anthony, cornerback Garry Peters and defensive end Corey Crawford will all miss the non-conference matchup against Georgia.
And these aren’t minor losses for Clemson. Peters recorded 28 tackles last season, Anthony and Beasley combined for 11 starts on the offensive line, while Crawford registered 52 tackles and three sacks in 2013.
While the suspensions are bad news for Swinney and the Tigers, this team has all offseason to prepare for that game without the four players.
David Beasley, Shaq Anthony, Garry Peters and Corey Crawford will miss the opener against UGA. "Violation of team rule."— Greg Wallace (@gc_wallace) March 4, 2014