Fans of the Clemson Tigers expect a lot out of the program. And head coach Dabo Swinney has been delivering. The forecast for the 2013 season is most promising also.
Unfortunately, the spring football game brought some bad news in the form of a quarterback injury. Relax, Clemson fans–it was not Tajh Boyd, who was prophetically held out of the game. Instead, the injury was to Chad Kelly, who was competing with Cole Stoudt, among others, for the backup quarterback slot. He suffered an ACL injury, which will likely cost him the 2013 season. But Swinney is not ruling out a return late in the season just yet:
He had a great start [6-of-7 passing, plus 14 yards rushing and a touchdown pass to Charone Peake] on the first drive. He is going to work hard and come back. It is in his DNA. I heard Jim Kelly [Chad’s uncle] speak recently and he was told his arm was through because of injury. But he came back and ended in the Hall of Fame.
He will overcome it and come back. He could help us late this coming season. Look what Adrian Peterson did for the Minnesota Vikings this year after suffering a torn ACL.
Fans have to be a little bit concerned about the offensive fireworks the backup quarterbacks delivered in the spring scrimmage, as the Orange team defeated the White team, 34-26. While it is good to see the offenses moving the ball, even without Boyd, an intrasquad game means that those offenses were moving the ball against the Clemson defenses!
But it is Spring, so the emphasis has to be on the positive. Stoudt, who will be a junior, threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns. And, according to SB Nation, he did all that in just one half. And all four touchdown passes were more than 40 yards. It is not surprise that he was able to connect to Heisman Trophy candidate Sammy Watkins for two of those touchdowns, but remember these names also: (caught a 75-yard bomb); (caught a 51-yard touchdown); (seven receptions for 100 yards); and Tight End Jordan Leggett (50 yard touchdown reception). The Tigers are simply loaded offensively.
Editor’s Note: We are still looking for someone to be the Clemson correspondent for The Confidential. See here for more information. A good opportunity for a Clemson fan to keep fellow Tigers on top of news, while also letting fans of other ACC schools get a glimpse of what’s going on.