Kelly Goes Down

CLEMSON – The Clemson football team may have sustained a big blow at practice Friday when star wide receiver Aaron Kelly went down with an injured knee.

Kelly, a rising sophomore, planted his leg to make a cut on the grass field and his knee went out. The initial diagnosis is that he tore the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).

However, it is not believed that Kelly will need surgery to repair the damage. Clemson head athletic trainer Danny Poole said Kelly's injury is not believed to be too serious. He also said Kelly will have an MRI on Saturday and will meet with Clemson doctors and trainers for further evaluation.

Head coach Tommy Bowden said Kelly is out for the remainder of the spring. There will be more information on Saturday as to how long he will be out and will need to rehab.

Last season as a red-shirt freshman, Kelly had 47 receptions for 575 yards and two touchdowns to rank second on receptions and reception yards to top receiver Chansi Stuckey.

Kelly's totals were second in Clemson history among freshmen behind Derrick Hamilton (2001). Kelly ranked third on the team in all-purpose yardages last year when he had 849. He also led the Tigers in kickoff return yardage (266) and average (26.6) as a freshman.

With his injury, Bowden said Rendrick Taylor and La'Donte Harris will handle Kelly's duties until his return.

Extra points
Bowden said there were roughly 300 high school coaches from several different states on hand this weekend for a coaching clinic. Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore was the guest speaker Thursday and Bowden's brother, Terry, is the guest speaker Friday. …

Bowden said he hopes to see the defense "dominate" Saturday's scrimmage, which is open to the public for the first time in two years. … Bowden said the scrimmage will be a long one, nearly three hours. …

Backup center Barry Humphries will not participate and isn't expected to return from his ankle sprain until Monday at the earliest. Top Stories