Taylor Eyes Classes, Rehab

CLEMSON – As the pass from quarterback Will Proctor ricocheted off the tips of his fingers, Rendrick Taylor lost his balance and fell to the ground, where he immediately knew something was wrong with his left arm. He just hoped that it wasn't anything too serious.

"I just came down on it the wrong way and once I hit the ground, I couldn't move my arm," Taylor said. "I just knew something was wrong. I was just praying that it was just dislocated, but after the x-rays came back and it showed that it was broken, I was just devastated. …

"I started to cry a little bit knowing that I wasn't going to be able to play. It hurts me not to be able to be a part of (the run toward an ACC title)."

Taylor, a sophomore, was third on the team with 12 receptions, three of which has gone for more than 20 yards. He also has a touchdown.

Speaking for the first time since sustaining his broken arm against Wake Forest, Taylor discussed the massive surgery he underwent and what the future holds.

Taylor said that two metal plates and 15 screws were embedded in his arm near the elbow to fix the humorous bone. He gets the current cast and wrapping off his arm Tuesday, when he'll be fitted with a new brace which will allow him more flexibility and allow him to begin rehabilitation.

"Right now, I'm just focusing in on class and trying to be a regular student," he said. "After I start feeling better, I'm going to come back to the weight room and start my rehabilitation.

"I'm looking forward to next season. I can't dwell on what happened to me in the past. I have to look forward to the future, so right now I'm plan on going to the weight room and work on my speed even more and come back even stronger and faster next season."

Sadly, Taylor isn't a stranger to hurt arms. Last season, he broke his wrist early in the season and was more or less rendered useless until very last game or two.

"I get real down sometimes when I think about it," Taylor said. "I was talking to Coach (Dabo) Swinney and I told him that I really hadn't played a whole season yet, and he was like, ‘Your time is coming. You're time is due and everything happens for a reason.'

"I feel like this happened for a reason to allow me to become a better student of the game and start watching a lot of film and start learning how to break down coverages."

While his return for spring practice is a given, he said the prognosis for recovery is two months, which would put him right on the edge of being able to play in a bowl game.

"I possibly could come back for the bowl game," he said. "It depends on how I feel and how my healing is. But I can't dwell on it. I have to keep my head up and get ready to play next year."

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