Unexpected Hero Shines Brightly
J.J. McKelvey caught eight passes including his first two career TD receptions.
CLEMSON - The beauty of football is that unexptected heroes can come from
Such was the case Saturday with junior wide receiver J.J. McKelvey. After
recording three catches all last season, McKelvey - filling in for an injured
Roscoe Crosby - caught eight passes for 73 yards Saturday, including his
first two career touchdown receptions.
"I wasn't looking to get that much playing time, but when Roscoe went down,
as a backup you've got to do what you've got to do," said McKelvey. "I just
made a couple of plays to help the team win."
McKelvey's first touchdown was a seven-yarder from Woody Dantzler in the
first quarter that tied the game at 7-7. The second, another seven-yard catch
at the end of the third quarter, gave Clemson a 31-14 lead and effectively
put the game away.
"Both of them were screen plays," McKelvey said. "The tackles got their
blocks and I just followed behind them and got into the end zone."
Crosby, who had been moved to the 'X' (outside) receiver position earlier in
the week, went out after the first series. McKelvey stepped in and provided
Clemson with a lift at the postion Rod Gardner made famous over the past two
"We just need a second team X," head coach Tommy Bowden said. "Based on Rod
Gardner's experience here, that's a pretty critical position for us and when
Kevin Youngblood went down, and Roscoe Crosby goes down, we needed another
guy to step up.
"It just makes you a little thinner. Jackie Robinson is probably the second
team X, but he's also the first team Y."