Clemson to start NC native at running back when Tigers face Wolfpack this week

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Will Shipley will get his first start this week.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced on Tuesday morning the true freshman and five-star signee will be the first running back on the field this week when the Tigers travel to face N.C. State on Saturday.

He’s been an impact player in all three games and currently leads the team in rushing yards, eclipsing over 100 yards on the season last weekend. The North Carolina native accounted for all of the Tigers’ scoring in a narrow 14-8 victory against Georgia Tech to help the squad start 1-0 in ACC play.

Shipley starred at Weddington High School in Weddington, North Carolina.

Sophomore Kobe Pace started two games in the backfield and will be the Tigers’ backup running back.

The news comes the morning after Swinney announced senior running back Lyn-J Dixon would be transferring.