Friday Clemson football notebook

CLEMSON - The hurry-up, no-huddle offensive philosophy has become all the rage in college football.

According to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, some defensive coaches are using any means necessary to counter them.

Earlier this week, Herbstreit said in an interview with Jon Solomon of that he's heard coaches have spent time this month teaching players how to fake injuries.

Herbstreit said, "No one is talking about this, but look for more fake injuries by the defense. I've talked to defensive coaches. These guys are actually practicing fake injuries in practice."

Dabo Swinney hopes that's not really happening, but if it is, that's fine with him. Right now, he doesn't mind.

"We can go as fast as we need. We can go as slow as we need. At the end of the day, it comes down to execution and being able to execute," he said. "You've still got to block people. Tempo doesn't win it. You still have to execute. You still have to block. You still got to throw and catch. You've still got to make the right decisions.

"If people do that, you've got to catch your breath, get ready and go again."

Is he really?

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week was the news on Chad Kelly and just how far he's come since tearing his ACL during the spring game. When the game notes for this weekend's showdown with No. 5 Georgia were distributed, Kelly was listed as probable.

"He's ready," Swinney said. "It's amazing. I've never seen anything like it."

The head coach remembered Kelly's reaction after the spring game. At the time, Swinney thought Kelly's words were a bit over the top.

"[Kelly] said, ‘I'll be back for Georgia.' And I'm like, ‘Well, that's great. That's the attitude we want to have.' That's what you want…in my mind, I'm thinking late October, November getting him back," Swinney said.

Kelly spent time during practice last week running the scout team quarterback spot.

"He did well," Spencer Shuey said. "I'm surprised at how fast that they've gotten him to come back. He's been rehabbing extremely seriously, has been committed to getting back out there faster than most people expected.

"I think he's moving around pretty well. He's not where he was before, but he's definitely making a step in the right direction."

Something to prove

There were plenty of schools that overlooked Martin Jenkins when he was a three-star cornerback at Centennial High School, which sits just in a suburb just outside of Atlanta.

Clemson, Middle Tennessee, Syracuse and Toledo were the only schools to offer. And Georgia hardly recruited Jenkins, who was ranked by as the No. 95 cornerback in the class of 2010.

"I liked the school, but they didn't come at me, so I've kind of got a chip on my shoulder from that," he said.

Grady Jarrett, who was a three-star prospect at Rockdale County High School a year later, also didn't receive much interest from Georgia, but he has no hard feelings against the Dawgs.

"There's no spite I have against them," he said. "But it is a big game for me, being that they're a Georgia team, I know a lot of Georgia fans and I'm from Georgia, so I just want to have a really good game against them." Top Stories