CLEMSON – Sophomore defensive tackle Carlos Watkins reportedly suffered a possible broken leg in a car accident Saturday which killed one of the other passengers, according to a report by WLOS-TV out of Asheville, N.C.
The Tigers had the weekend off following a Thursday night victory at North Carolina State in Raleigh. Watkins is a reserve on the defensive line, who has five tackles (1.5 for a loss) in three games this season for No. 3-ranked Clemson.
WLOS-TV reached a sergeant with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, who said the single-vehicle wreck outside Forest City, N.C. occurred Saturday. A 21-year-old, Dache Gossett, died at the scene upon being ejected from the Dodge Durango, which hydroplaned and struck a power pole in heavy rain. Gossett was not wearing a seatbelt.
According to police, Watkins was trapped in the vehicle for more than an hour. He spent the night in Mission Hospital in Asheville with a possible broken leg.
A university release Saturday night indicated initial reports were Watkins was “free of serious injury.” Head coach Dabo Swinney will be speaking with reporters Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
The 19-year-old driver, Tajae McMullens, was not injured, according to the report. He may face charges when authorities meet Tuesday, but police believe drugs, alcohol and speed were not factors in the accident.