Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced on Friday that wide receiver Germone Hopper and defensive back Ronald Geohaghan will be suspended for today’s game against Boston College. Swinney didn’t provide many details about the reasons behind the suspensions, saying only that both players violated team rules and demonstrated “poor behavior.”
Hopper, a freshman, is second on the Tigers with 16 receptions so far in 2013. He’s caught two touchdown passes (both in a blowout win against South Carolina State) and is averaging 7.3 yards per catch. Geohaghan will be less of an important loss, having totaled only one tackle so far this season.
Even without Hopper and Geohaghan, Clemson shouldn’t struggle too much against the Boston College Eagles. Boston College is 81st in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 27.4 points per game, while Clemson is ranked 13th in the country in scoring, averaging 44.2 points per contest. The Eagles surrendered 330 yards through the air to Jameis Winston the other week, and it’s likely Tajh Boyd will have a similarly dominant outing.