From an injury standpoint, Clemson couldn’t have had much worse luck in its spring game. The Tigers lost two key players to major knee injuries in the first 20 plays of Saturday’s Orange and White game. Starting tight end Sam Cooper and backup quarterback Chad Kelley both will need surgery to repair ACL tears. The injuries put both players status for 2013 in doubt.
Dabo Swinney commented on the injuries in a Clemson issued release:
“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 Palmer, Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford. 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.”
Offensive lineman Kalon Davis also injured his knee early in the game Saturday. Fortunately, his injury isn’t serious and he should be ready to go when the preseason camp begins later this summer.