Clemson's Peake out for season with knee injury

CLEMSON, SC (WACH) - Clemson wide receiver Charone Peake is out for the season after tearing a knee ligament this week.

Coach Dabo Swinney says Peake tore his ACL during a non-contact drill on Tuesday. MRI results showed the injury on Wednesday. The ligament tear will require surgery.

Peake was Clemson's second leading receiver behind Sammy Watkins with eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown through two games this season.

"This is big loss. Charone was having a great year and was going to have a great year, " Swinney said after Wednesday's practice.

Peake was expected to be a big part of Clemson's offensive attack this season along with Watkins. The six-foot-three junior showed flashes of what was expected of him in the season-opening win over then No. 5 Georgia, catching five passes for 58 yards in the 38-35 win.

Swinney said younger players like redshirt freshman Germone Hopper, and true freshmen T.J. Green and Mike Williams will now get a chance to step up in Peake's absence. Hopper caught two touchdowns in last week's win over South Carolina State.

While it creates opportunity, the situaion is far from ideal.

"We are thin at receiver with just six scholarship players now. We like to carry 10 at that position," Swinney said. "We have good players, but we don't have a lot of bodies."

Peake's high school teammate, Adam Humphries, will move into his starting role. Humphries has seven catches for 53 yards through two games. Last season he caught 41 balls for 280 yards and a touchdown.