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Clemson DT Bryan Bresee sustains season-ending ACL injury

Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee (11) is looked at by trainers after being injured during the third quarter at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021.  The Tigers lost 27-21 in two overtimes game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021.

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Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee (11) is looked at by trainers after being injured during the third quarter at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021. The Tigers lost 27-21 in two overtimes game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021. Ncaa Football Clemson At Nc State

Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said in a conference call with reporters on Sunday.

Bresee injured his left knee during the third quarter of Saturday’s 27-21 double-overtime loss to Atlantic Coast Conference foe North Carolina State.

Also, top running back Will Shipley will miss approximately three to four weeks after suffering a leg injury.

Bresee was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and was blossoming as a star for the Tigers.

“It’s unfortunate, but injuries are a part of the game,” Swinney said of Bresee. “This will be part of his journey. I just appreciate him and his effort. What an unbelievable player he is. Just an incredible leader. I don’t have any doubt that when we get him out there and see him again, he’ll be better than ever.”

Bresee had 14 tackles and one sack this season. He had 33 tackles and four sacks in 12 games (10 starts) in 2020.

Shipley sustained an injury to his shin/tibia in the fourth quarter against NC State. He rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

Shipley leads the Tigers with 213 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

The injuries are a blow for Clemson (2-2, 0-1 ACC), which is off to a poor start by its standards. The Tigers last lost more than two games in a season in 2014 when they went 10-3.

“This program is built on rock,” Swinney said. “It’s built the right way, and we’ll respond. We’re not immune to having bad moments. We’re not entitled to win the league. We’re not entitled to go to the playoff. We’ve got a talented team. We’re not where we thought we would be and there’s not anything we can do about that, other than just keep working.”

Saturday’s loss marked just the second time Clemson has lost to NC State in the past 17 meetings.

–Field Level Media