It's not known if Clemson or an NFL franchise would clear Justyn Ross for contact down the road. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson's Justyn Ross out for 2020 due to career-threatening spinal issue

One of the most dynamic wide receivers in college football could miss more than just the 2020 NCAA season.

On Monday, ESPN's David M. Hale wrote that Clemson receiver Justyn Ross won't play this year after he was diagnosed with a "congenital fusion" in his spine. Hale explained that Ross first suffered discomfort during the last practice session before the coronavirus pandemic indefinitely shut the program down.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said that Ross will undergo surgery on Friday, but that the receiver "is at risk" if he returns to the field at any time. It's not known if Clemson or an NFL franchise would clear him for contact down the road.

Ross finished the 2019 campaign with 66 receptions, eight touchdowns, and 865 receiving yards. The 6-foot-4 20-year-old was projected to be a high draft pick for 2021 following another standout year.

On May 19, Walter Football predicted Ross could go as high as seventh overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

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2019 / LSU
Ed Orgeron
2018 / Clemson
Dabo Swinney
2017 / Alabama
Nick Saban
2016 / Clemson
Dabo Swinney
2015 / Alabama
Nick Saban
2014 / Ohio State
Urban Meyer
2013 / FSU
Jimbo Fisher
2012 / Alabama
Nick Saban
2011 / Alabama
Nick Saban
2010 / Auburn
Gene Chizik
2009 / Alabama
Nick Saban
2008 / Florida
Urban Meyer
2007 / LSU
Les Miles
2006 / Florida
Urban Meyer
2005 / Texas
Mack Brown
2004 / USC*
Pete Carroll
2003 / USC
Pete Carroll
2003 / LSU
Nick Saban
2002 / Ohio State
Jim Tressel
2001 / Miami
Larry Coker
2000 / Oklahoma
Bob Stoops
1999 / FSU
Bobby Bowden
1998 / Tennessee
Phillip Fulmer
1997 / Michigan
Lloyd Carr
1997 / Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1996 / Florida
Steve Spurrier
1995 / Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1994 / Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1993 / FSU
Bobby Bowden
1992 / Alabama
Gene Stallings
1991 / Miami
Dennis Erickson
1991 / Washington
Don James
1990 / Colorado
Bill McCartney
1990 / Georgia Tech
Bobby Ross
1989 / Miami
Dennis Erickson

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