Joseph Ngata absent against Pitt; Tigers can’t take a break
Clemson’s football team will make the trip to Pittsburgh this weekend without one of their top playmakers on an attack that has already faced its fair share of struggles.
Several outlets have now reported that WR Joseph Ngata will be released due to the COVID protocol.
In the first six games of the season, Ngata has 18 receptions for 352 yards and a touchdown. Ngata has been the team’s most productive and reliable wide receiver this season and hasn’t had it against a Pittsburgh team that will push and push. DJ Uiagalelei beating them is a great loss.
Besides not having Ngata, two other Clemson wide receivers are not likely to play in the game on Saturday. Frank Ladson Jr. (groin) and EJ Williams (knee and thumb) are both in rehab and while the Tigers are hoping they can leave, there is no indication from Dabo Swinney that they will be ready this weekend.
If they can’t go, that will leave Clemson with Justyn Ross, Ajou Ajou, Beaux Collins, Dacari Collins and Troy Stellato as notable stock players available.
Clemson’s football can’t take a break in 2021, there’s really no way around it
It seems like every time something goes right for Clemson, three more things go wrong.
The Tigers are already building up an Oculus-sized injury roster with names like Tyler Davis, Bryan Bresee, Will Shipley (which is a game-time decision), Lannden Zanders and many more, and now they have two. offensive starters – C Hunter Rayburn (who entered protocol last week) and WR Joseph Ngata – due to protocol.
You mean not being able to take a break?
This Clemson attack was unable to move the ball effectively at full power and now you could be talking about an extremely thin and wide landing hall to make matters worse.
The hope is that they will find a way to overcome all the adversity and beat a Pittsburgh team that could be seen as the favorite to win the ACC by many on the road, but it certainly doesn’t look promising at the end of the day. approaching the weekend.