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CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – The Miami Hurricanes’ quest for their first ACC Championship was just dealt a difficult blow, with the University announcing that starting tight end Christopher Herndon is done for the season.

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The University of Miami football program announced Sunday that senior tight end Christopher Herndon IV sustained a left medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury Friday in the Hurricanes’ game at Pittsburgh, and will undergo season-ending surgery this week.

The surgery will be performed at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

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Herndon caught 40 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns this season, setting career highs in all three categories. 

Unfortunately, Herndon has played his final game in a Miami Hurricanes uniform.

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Miami will face Clemson in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game this Saturday, December 2nd from Charlotte, North Carolina. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM.