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Former Dorman Star, Clemson Lineman Has Career Ending Injury

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An injury has forced former Dorman High star Patrick DeStefano to quit playing football at Clemson. An injury has forced former Dorman High star Patrick DeStefano to quit playing football at Clemson.

Former Dorman High standout Patrick DeStefano will no longer play football at Clemson, the university announced Wednesday night.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said that DeStefano, an All-American offensive lineman in high school, has a career ending shoulder problem that will require him to quit playing football.

 "I am very disappointed to announce that Patrick DeStefano will no longer play football here," said Swinney. "Over the last couple of weeks he has had a problem with ‘stingers' and they just weren't going away. He had a lot of tests on his neck and shoulders, had discussions with doctors and decided it was best for his future that he give up football."

DeStefano signed with Clemson and red-shirted during the 2012 season. He played in Clemson's first two games of the season this year against Georgia and South Carolina State. He was rated as the nation's 66th best player coming out of Dorman and played in the annual North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl.

"I really hate to hear this because I think he was on his way to becoming a great player," Swinney said. "He was really doing well.  It is a shame, but it is the right decision."

Swinney said that DeStefano will remain on scholarship and be part of the program.  

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