Cooper and Kelly suffer Torn ACL Injuries
Clemson’s Spring Game this past Saturday may cost the Tigers two key players this fall. Starting tight end Sam Cooper and back up quarterback Chad Kelly both suffered torn ACL injuries. The injuries happened in the first quarter, just nine plays apart in the contest at Memorial Stadium. Head Coach Dabo Swinney 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. Offensive lineman Kalon Davis also suffered a knee injury in the first period, but the injury is not serious. Cooper played in all 13 games last year and he was listed as Clemson’s first-team tight end for 2013. Kelly red-shirted last season and was to be Tahj Boyd’s back up at quarterback this fall. The status for both players in 2013 is unknown at this time.