Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow felt like he was OK to play the week after he suffered a broken right hand against Troy on Sept. 10.
Renfrow’s injury was not initially believed to be serious in the immediate aftermath of the game. However, an MRI the following Monday revealed a crack below his thumb, and Renfrow underwent surgery to repair it.
After missing four games, Renfrow returned to action last Saturday in No. 3 Clemson’s 24-17 win over N.C. State.
“I thought I was good to go the week after it happened,” Renfrow said on Tuesday, “but I had to give it time to heal.”
Renfrow said that being sidelined by the injury provided a little more perspective to his season.
“I definitely got a little different appreciation, not being able to play,” Refrow said. “I thought I was going to have the whole season, and one play can take that away. So, just a different appreciation, just not looking forward to the next game and just being able to appreciate the game you’re playing right now.”
Despite playing with a soft cast on his hand, Renfrow finished Saturday’s contest with a season-high six catches and 53 yards.
Not a bad day for a guy with “nine good fingers.”
“I had nine good fingers,” Renfrow said, “and so I couldn’t really tuck (the ball) with my right hand, but I could tuck with my left hand. So, I tried to get it and tuck it. A few times I did tuck with my right, but I made sure I kind of cradled it and got down.
“But it’s just like getting hurt in the backyard and having to play with a hurt hand.”
Renfrow recorded two of his catches for 28 yards on Clemson’s first touchdown drive of the game, including a 21-yard reception.
He almost hauled in another long pass on second-and-32 in the fourth quarter, jumping up to catch a high throw and nearly securing the ball as he came down.
Unfortunately, Renfrow hit the back of his head on the ground and was held out the rest of the game.
Fortunately, this time, the injury is insignificant.
“Just hit my head a little bit,” Renfrow said. “I tried to go back in, but he wouldn’t let me.”
“I probably had the wrong answers whenever I was sitting there. I probably shouldn’t have told him I was feeling a little numb. But I definitely won’t tell him that again,” Renfrow joked with a smile.
On Monday, Renfrow will have a CAT scan to determine if he can play without the hand cast when the Tigers take on No. 15 Florida State in a big showdown next Saturday.
“Monday I get a CAT scan to see if I can get everything off, and I think I’ll be able to, so I’m looking forward to that,” Renfrow said.
The sophomore from Socastee High School Myrtle Beach, S.C., used to dream of playing at Florida State.
So, he’s excited for his first opportunity to do that on Saturday.
“I’ve never played down there. I always dreamed about it as a kid, as you can imagine,” Renfrow said. “Actually, whenever I was getting ready to come to Clemson my senior year, I would be throwing with guys on the field and stuff, and I’d always imagine third-and-4, taking a slant to the house against Florida State at Florida State.
“That’s always kind of been on my mind, I’ve always dreamed about it. So, it’s going to be a dream come true come Saturday.”