Will Shipley

Will Shipley

At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney gave an update on the status of running back Will Shipley, who was injured in the Tigers' loss to N.C. State a few weeks ago.

Shipley, a Weddington football alum who is the only five-star football prospect in county history, sprained his knee in the loss to the Wolf Pack missed the team's win over Boston College on Oct. 2. The Tigers had an off week this past weekend.

Luckily for fans of Clemson and Shipley, the running back isn't expected to be out much longer. Swinney told reporters that Shipley is already off crutches and has a chance to be back sometime over the next several weeks.

"Will's amazing," Swinney said. "He and (defensive tackle) Tyler Davis, they're amazing. They just respond differently. They're both grinders. They attack everything. Their focus is rehab now. We thought Shipley might be done (for the year) initially but he'll be back sooner than later."

For the season, Shipley has carried the ball 44 times for 211 yards and five touchdowns, adding four catches for 16 yards in the receiving game.

The Tigers' leading rusher this season is Kobe Pace, who has 218 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. No one other than Shipley, Pace and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has more than 10 carries this fall.

Clemson is currently unranked. The Tigers had spent 97 straight weeks inside the Associated Press Top 10 before the loss to N.C. State. The streak was tied with Alabama for the second-longest streak in the history of college football, according to the AP, trailing Miami's 137 straight weeks from 1985 to 1993.