Kelly's injury stops battle for No. 2

CLEMSON - A possible ACL injury to Chad Kelly wasn't the way Cole Stoudt wanted to win the backup quarterback job.

The competition, which figured to wage through the summer and on into fall camp, appears to be over, for now. Kelly suffered a right knee injury during the first quarter of Saturday's spring game after breaking off a 17-yard run.

"We were all upset that [Kelly] went down," Cole Stoudt said. "Hopefully, he gets back soon. We're all praying, hoping he gets better. It's hard when someone goes down. I've been down before, in high school. It's not fun."

Dabo Swinney will have a better idea on Sunday whether or not Kelly tore his ACL.

"Maybe it's not an ACL. It's what they think it is," he said. "They've got to do the MRI [Sunday]."

Swinney added: "My heart just breaks for him. He's worked so hard. He's had a great spring. Man, he was so fired up to go play today, got off to a great start. It's just a fluke thing.

"He's not losing a leg or anything. He's going to come back better than ever, because that's in his DNA. That's who he is."

Chad Kelly, who took a redshirt during his first season on campus, will not pursue a medical hardship for the fall.

"I would be very surprised if he could get any hardship or anything like that. He's got four years of eligibility left. Those are usually for extreme things," Swinney said. "I expect him to be back at some point this year. He just won't be playing in September. That doesn't mean he's not playing in November."

In less than a quarter of action for the Orange team, Kelly completed 6 of 7 passes for 43 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed four times for 31 yards.

"What a fierce competitor he is," Chad Morris said. "But that's Chad Kelly. He's tough. He's a rugged type of guy."

Stoudt connected on 16 of 24 throws for 304 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

"I feel good about Cole. Cole's had a really good spring. He's gotten a lot better," Morris said. "Again, they've got a long way to go. We've all got a long way to go. Tajh Boyd's got a long way to go, to get to the level we want to be at and play at, to get this thing going." Top Stories