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Clemson reserve OL gives up football

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson offensive lineman Gifford Timothy has ended his football career because of painful knee problems.

Timothy is a 6-foot-6, 315-pound redshirt junior who had started six games this season. He was backup to starter Brandon Thomas in the 12th-ranked Tigers 31-17 loss to South Carolina on Nov. 30th.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Saturday he talked with Timothy, who said his knee injury was too painful to keep playing. Timothy played in nine games and 263 snaps this season.

Timothy started 17 games and played in 28 games in his three seasons at Clemson.

The Tigers (10-2) are preparing to face No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3rd.

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