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Pete Thamel ESPN
Wake Forest’s already exhausted secondary faces another significant loss against Clemson on Saturday.
Starting cornerback Caelen Carson, who is considered the top corner of the Demon Deacons, has been eliminated from Saturday’s game against the Tigers and is being considered week by week, a source told ESPN. He sustained a leg injury in the third quarter of last week’s win over Liberty and missed the remainder of the game.
This is another blow to Wake Forest’s secondary as Coby Davis, the nickel back who started the season, is out for the rest of the year following an injury against Vanderbilt. Davis’ replacement for nickel, Brendon Harris, was also injured in the Liberty game, injuring his arm in a tackle. Harris is week to week.
This will be a setback for Wake Forest, who hasn’t beaten Clemson since 2008. The Tigers have won their last four encounters with an average of 38.5 points per game.
The Demon Deacons face a Clemson team with a formidable internal defense line. Both Clemson defensive tackles, Bryan Bresee (personal reasons) and Tyler Davis (injury), are returning.
Clemson star defensive end Xavier Thomas did not travel with the Tigers due to a foot injury sustained during preseason camp.
There was a chance Thomas could play this week, but he is expected to return for the NC State game next week. That match was the expected target for his return all along.