Clemson will be down a weapon when it travels to N.C. State for the annual Textile Bowl, as starting wide receiver Charone Peake was lost for the season Tuesday to an ACL injury suffered in practice. Peake, who was named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, is the Tigers' second leading receiver with eight catches for 84 yards and a score.
Adam Humphries, who was Peake's teammate at Dorman High, will move into the starting lineup to replace him.
Peake was a four-star recruit out of high school with size (6-3, 200) and speed (4.4 40); a national-level recruit, he was offered by just about every SEC school as well as Stanford and USC-West. Stuck behind DeAndre Hopkins, a first round pick of the Texans last spring, for the past two seasons, Peake was finally getting his opportunity.
Peake caught 25 balls for 172 yards and two scores a year ago, appearing in all 13 games and starting two. He had appeared in 29 straight games dating to his true freshman season.
Now if only Tajh Boyd could come down with Capgras delusion and believe that Sammy Watkins is, in fact, really Dontae Johnson, thus refusing to throw him the ball, N.C. State might have a chance to stay within three scores next Thursday.