Backup QB Cole Stoudt's swollen knee adds to Clemson's depth concerns

Dabo Swinney says chronic condition likely to eventually require surgery

Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt throws a pass their NCAA college football spring game on Saturday, Apr. 14, 2012 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

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Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt throws a pass their NCAA college football spring game on Saturday, Apr. 14, 2012 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Clemson coaches spoke of depth concerns at a number of positions Tuesday, with the quarterback position the latest to carry more questions beyond starter Tajh Boyd.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said No. 2 quarterback Cole Stoudt is dealing with swelling in his left knee, a chronic condition which could eventually require surgery.

Swinney told reporters Stoudt has suffered swelling in his knee since he broke his leg in high school. While the swelling is typically minimal it became more severe since spring practice. Swinney said the sophomore’s condition has improved recently but that it will likely eventually require surgery to repair.

Clemson’s quarterback depth already took a hit this offseason when reserve quarterback Tony McNeal tore an ACL in the spring game in April.

Stoudt was the No. 2 quarterback to Boyd last year though he was being pushed by Morgan Roberts in spring practice.

If Stoudt’s condition worsens, it could allow for incoming freshman quarterback Chad Kelly to charge up the depth chart.

Even if Stoudt is healthy enough to play, Kelly might not redshirt as he said offensive coordinator Chad Morris had discussed using him speciality packages to utilize his mobility.

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