Clemson's semifinal game against Oklahoma, in Thursday's Orange Bowl, just became a bit more difficult as head coach Dabo Swinney was forced to send three players home from Miami after failed drug tests. Among those players was freshman receiver Deon Cain who was an emerging star for the Tigers. Cain averaged a team-high 17.1 yards per reception and had scored five touchdowns this season.
Cain logged four or more receptions four different times this season and scored a touchdown in each of the Tiger's five final regular season games. His absence leaves Clemson with senior Charone Peake and junior tight end Jordan Leggett as the secondary options behind leading receiver Artavis Scott, who has caught 84 passes this season for 805 yards and five touchdowns.
Also sent home were backup tight end Jay Jay McCullough and kicker Ammon Lakip, who handled kickoff responsibilities.
This was the second suspension of the season for Cain who also sat out the Miami game.