McClinton had multiple fainting spells

Updated: August 26, 2003, 12:56 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson defensive tackle Todd McClinton is out for the season because of fainting spells during the offseason and preseason practices.

McClinton has been undergoing medical tests since he fainted on the third day of practice on Aug. 7, coach Tommy Bowden said Monday.

Doctors say McClinton must go six months without an episode before he is cleared to play.

"I feel badly for Todd,'' Bowden said. "He was working very hard and was definitely going to be a factor this year. His health, obviously, comes first.''

The senior might have another year of eligibility in 2004. As a partial qualifier out of high school, McClinton could become eligible if he graduates by the end of summer school in August 2004.

McClinton played in 10 games a year ago as a backup and had 15 tackles and five quarterback pressures. He played 141 snaps last season.

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