Kelly and Cooper have torn ACL injuries


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Clemson, SC—Starting tight end Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Jr. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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and reserve quarterback Chad KellyChad Kelly
So. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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both suffered torn ACL injuries during Clemson’s Spring Football Game this past Saturday. The injuries happened in the first quarter just nine plays apart in the contest at Memorial Stadium. Head Coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

Cooper was injured after making a five-yard yard reception from Kelly near the home sideline on the 11th play of the scrimmage. Kelly suffered his injury just nine plays later, the 20th play of the scrimmage, when he made a 17-yard run. Kelly finished the day 6-7 for 43 yards passing and a touchdown and had 4-23 rushing.

Offensive lineman Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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also suffered a knee injury in the first period, but his injury is not serious.

Cooper played in all 13 games last year, three as a starter, and had 10 receptions 93 yards and two touchdowns. He was listed as Clemson’s first-team tight end for 2013. Kelly red-shirted last season.

The status for both players in 2013 is unknown at this time. “This is very difficult for both players. Both had really worked hard and done well this spring. “


“As far as Sam Cooper is concerned, this was certainly going to be his time at tight end. We have had quite a run of production at tight end the last few years with Michael PalmerMichael Palmer
Tight End
# 6-4, 228
Lilburn, GA

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, Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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and Brandon FordBrandon Ford
Tight End
#80 6-4, 240
Wando, SC

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.”

Clemson tight ends have caught 218 passes for 2474 yards and 32 touchdowns over the last four years. Clemson has had the first-team All-ACC tight end three of the last four years. Dwayne Allen won the John Mackey Award in 2011 as the Nation’s top tight end.

“Sam is the most experienced tight end we have and this is a tough loss. He was coming into his own. We have some young, talented tight ends who are now going to have to step up.

“I feel badly for Chad because he was doing very well picking up the offense. He was off to a great start in the Spring Game. This will make us thin at quarterback with just two on scholarship in 2013.”

Pos	Seniors		Juniors			Sophomores		Freshmen	
TE(4)			Sam Cooper*		Stanton Seckinger*	Jay Jay McCullough*
									Jordan Leggett
									
QB(3)	Tajh Boyd*	Cole Stoudt					Chad Kelly*
									Nick Schuessler*#

* - Red-shirt
# - Walkon

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Front Page Story: Kelly and Cooper have torn ACL injuries
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Clemson_Orange
At least we can deal with the injuries early in the year
CU_Tigers_time®
This is why you have to have depth.
Drobins
those are two positions where we don't really have depth
camcgee®
How can they get a medical redshirt when they have
Neal in NC®
You are correct. They can apply for a special RS, but
AllTimeClemson
Re: This is why you have to have depth.
tigrbybirth
It's why we should stop playing a meaningless spring game***
BigCUFan®
What would be the difference if it happened during practice?***
AppTiger02
You mean stop having scrimmages with limited contact?
mpercy®
Work around?
NewTigerEra
Blocking is a mentality more then anything else
Drobins
Ford wasn't really a blocking TE
camcgee®
If there was ever a chance Leggett would redshirt
PenthouseTiger
Re: If there was ever a chance Leggett would redshirt
martelapts
Very good idea. Keep the touch sacks and don't let them run
Drobins
Re: If there was ever a chance Leggett would redshirt
dgcannon39
Re: If there was ever a chance Leggett would redshirt
allorangeallthetime52®
Tell 'em coot
clemson80tiger
You are Xactley right. There is NO need
GrayBengal®
Re: If there was ever a chance Leggett would redshirt
dgcannon39
Re: If there was ever a chance Leggett would redshirt
oldschtiger70®
Tell 'em coot
clemson80tiger
Fire Batson!***
DefensiveTackleU
Legget
TigerSwag
*Leggett***
TigerSwag
Re: *Leggett- yeah from all you hear
74TIGER
leggett played pretty well at the spring game.
sgt tiger®
Re: leggett played pretty well at the spring game.
dgcannon39
Re: leggett played pretty well at the spring game.
allorangeallthetime52®
Tell 'em coot***
clemson80tiger
Re: Legget
dgcannon39
Tell 'em coot
clemson80tiger
What about the other two QB's that...
Tiger_Tim
Re: What about the other two QB's that...I believe
74TIGER
But they can be used. Right?***
Tiger_Tim
Re: But they can be used. Right? If you mean the qbs
74TIGER
Re: But they can be used. Right?***
dgcannon39
You do realize they scrimmage
tigerbum5
Re: You do realize they scrimmage
oldschtiger70®
Re: Front Page Story: Kelly and Cooper have torn ACL injuries
superdawg51
appreciate the thoughts
CUTigerDave
Re: appreciate the thoughts
oldschtiger70®

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