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Clemson RB Kobe Pace in COVID-19 protocol, out for Florida State

Syndication: The Greenville News

Clemson running back Kobe Pace (20) runs near Pitt defensive back Brandon Hill (9) during the first quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Saturday, October 23, 2021. Ncaa Football Clemson At Pitt


CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson leading rusher Kobe Pace will miss the game with Florida State this week as he’s in COVID-19 protocol.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Pace’s status.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Pace has started five games for Clemson and leads the team with 327 yards on 59 carries.

Clemson (4-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) faces the Seminoles (3-4, 2-2).

Pace’s absence is the latest blow to a backfield that had its share of changes this season as its tries to make up for the loss of two-time ACC player of the year Travis Etienne. Highly regarded freshman Will Shipley missed two games with a lower leg injury, returning this past week at Pittsburgh.

Two other backs with experience - Lyn-J Dixon and Michel Dukes - have entered the transfer portal since the season began and have left the team.

Swinney said the Tigers will go with a rotation of Shipley, freshman Phil Mafah and senior Darien Rencher against Florida State.