North Carolina State linebacker Jerod Fernandez exited in the second quarter of the Wolfpack’s game against Clemson as the result of an apparent right arm injury.
Clemson’s Adam Choice gained three yards on a run with Fernandez staying down after the play. After being tended to by trainers, he was able to walk off under his own power, but was holding his right arm around the shoulder area.
Riley Nicholson took his place at linebacker.
Fernandez has 31 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception this season. The junior currently sits at 10th in the ACC with 23 assisted tackles, the same spot he fell in 2014 with 46 assists. The linebacker out of Florida had 79 tackles, four for a loss and two picks as a freshman, but fell down to 47 tackles in the same 12 games as a sophomore. He had four games of 10 or more combined tackles as a freshman with his best being 13 on October 11 against Boston College.
247Sports graded previously Fernandez as the 102 outside linebacker in the class of 2013. Pittsburgh was in competition for his talents as well before he chose the Wolfpack. In October 2015, he suffered a leg injury against Wake Forest and was carted off the field, though the injury proved to be far less severe than initially anticipated.
The Wolfpack went into Saturday 4-1 and riding a three-time win streak in Dave Doeren’s fourth season as head coach. The team went 7-6 and lost the Belk Bowl last season. Fernandez has been a helpful asset to their defense as they battle through the ACC while the school certainly hopes that he will be back sooner rather than later.