Chad Kelly is back


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Many thought that Chad Kelly, shown here shortly after he was injured, would miss this season
Many thought that Chad Kelly, shown here shortly after he was injured, would miss this season

CLEMSON – Chad KellyChad Kelly
RS Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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is back.

The Tigers’ redshirt freshman quarterback may not be all the way back and 100 percent healthy, but Kelly was cleared by Clemson’s medical staff to play last week. This week, he is playing the part of Georgia’s Aaron Murray as Clemson prepares for the season opener this Saturday against Georgia.

Kelly’s journey is amazing, especially considering that he tore his ACL in April during Clemson’s Orange and White Game, and his surgery was performed just a little over four months ago.

Even more amazing is the fact that Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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says Kelly is available to play Saturday night if he is needed, something that Swinney didn’t think was possible when he saw Kelly in the locker room after the injury occurred.

“He is ready. It’s amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Swinney told the media Tuesday. “I give that young man credit. When I walked into the locker room after the Spring Game, Chad was just devastated after having such a good spring. He was devastated with his injury. I’m trying to talk to him and counsel him and he said, ‘I’ll be back for Georgia.’ And, I’m like, ‘Great, that’s the attitude you want and the one you need to have, but if you don’t make it back for Georgia you will be back soon.’ I was thinking October or November.”

Swinney credited Kelly’s focus and the work of the team’s medical staff for getting Kelly back in such a short timeframe.

“Our doctors and training staff have done a great job. He has worked his tail off,” Swinney said. “He has been relentless in his rehab. They cleared him to play the other day. He’s our third guy and if we need him, he will play. You’ve never seen a guy more happy than Chad Kelly. He’s done everything this week. He was the Georgia quarterback the other night in our mock game. I’ve never been around a guy that has worked this hard and come back this quickly.”

Starting quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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Hampton, VA

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says that having Kelly back – along with tight end Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Jr. Tight End
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Brentwood, TN

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– pays dividends on and off the field, and that he can’t believe how quickly Kelly was cleared to play.

“Unbelievable. I haven’t seen anything like that,” Boyd said. “Just the way that he and Sam Cooper are fighting to get back, you can tell how competitive they are. They have done a great job on rehab and in the meeting rooms and leading as well. It’s also great to have Chad on the field – he can tell me what he sees.”

Linebacker Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
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Charlotte, NC

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has faced Kelly during practice, and he says that Kelly is close to returning to form.

“He is actually moving around pretty well,” Shuey said. “I am surprised at how fast they have got him to come back. I guess he has taken rehab seriously, and they’ve been able to get him out there quicker than people have expected. I feel like he is moving around pretty well – he definitely isn’t where he was before by any means, but he is definitely making steps in the right direction.”

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Subject (Replies: 43) Author
spacer Front Page Story: Chad Kelly is back
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spacer I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
Caddie
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
TigerFanClint
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
slumdog
spacer SWAG***
BentZero
spacer adrian peterson healed pretty fast***
tgrfan42069
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer I love what Chad Kelley brings to the team, and he has
Coothater®
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
deroberts
spacer No I was just saying that's really quick and really awesome***
Caddie
spacer What a typical post of yours
Tiger4Ever91
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
slumdog
spacer Athletes can recover in 5-6 months. The surgery is getting
soccerkrzy®
spacer Uh, thanks for the TD.***
soccerkrzy®
spacer Someone really hates Ultimate Frisbee***
CUgrad2011
spacer Apparently. I was back to playing golf at 4-5 months, but
soccerkrzy®
spacer Re: Athletes can recover in 5-6 months. The surgery is getting
slumdog
spacer Apparently you need reading comprehension, idiot.***
soccerkrzy®
spacer He didn't say frisbee, it's ultimate frisbee. You actually
tiggerz04®
spacer Re: He didn't say frisbee, it's ultimate frisbee. You actually
slumdog
spacer It hasn't been 5-6 months***
Neal in NC®
spacer 4 months in his case. He was at full mobility before
soccerkrzy®
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
slumdog
spacer You are not somebody to be talking about a brain OR pulse!!***
Tiger5
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
armsb
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
slumdog
spacer Re: I just don't understand how. He must not have torn it
LKN Tiger®
spacer Re: Front Page Story: Chad Kelly is back
raginranger
spacer He's got Brandon Streeter healing powers***
tigersbite®
spacer But hopefully not Brandon Streeter's ability to get injured***
PenthouseTiger
spacer Wait, Cooper isn't cleared to play yet too is he?***
acevans®
spacer Re: Wait, Cooper isn't cleared to play yet too is he?***
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer Re: Wait, Cooper isn't cleared to play yet too is he?***
slumdog
spacer Three Questions
Country Gentleman®
spacer Re: one answer
armsb
spacer An 8% Tigerpulse? Pretty Horrible***
goclemsontigs
spacer Well...
Tiger Diesel®
spacer I hope
FORESTTIGER
spacer Let's give some credit...
baseball fan
spacer Everybody heals differently. Happy to hear this for anybody***
Hi Cotton Tiger®
spacer Re: He's Baaaaak...
MemphisCat
spacer this is awesome!***
T Nasty Orange
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Kjb®
spacer Just seeing this picture made me lol for real!
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