Chad Kelly is ready to roll for the Georgia game - just like he told Dabo Swinney he would be.
Swinney, to be honest, didn't believe a word of it when Kelly informed him of his plan for ACL recovery shortly after Clemson's Orange-White spring game in April.
But with the Tigers bearing down on their opener against Georgia, Kelly has been cleared to play if needed: full-speed ahead.
Count Swinney as one amazed coach.
"He's ready - I've never seen anything like it," Swinney said. "I give that young man a lot of credit. When I walked into our locker room after the spring game, Chad was just devastated with his injury.
"I tried to counsel him and talk to him, 'they're not going to cut your leg off...you'll be back' and giving some examples of other guys on the team and in the NFL who've come back. And then he told me 'I'll be back for Georgia.'
"I'm like 'well that's great - that's the attitude you want to have.' But I told him if he didn't make it back for Georgia, he'd make it sooner or later. I was thinking late October or November.
"It's just a testament not only to our doctors and training staff, but to Chad for just working his tail off. He's been relentless in his rehab."
Swinney said he told the training staff that he wasn't going to 'rep' Kelly this week unless he was going to be available for the game.
"I asked them 'where are we?" Swinney said. "They cleared him, and if we need him, he'll play...I've never seen a guy so happy.
"And he's looked great. He's been practicing and doing everything for over a week now. It's just amazing. I've never been around anybody in my whole career who's come back this quickly and this strong."