Fiercely determined Chad Kelly back on his feet after ACL surgery

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly carries the ball during the Orange-White Spring Football Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

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Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly carries the ball during the Orange-White Spring Football Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Chad Kelly is fiercely determined to treat one of any athlete's worst fears as just a bump in the road.

"He’s got a very positive attitude about it all, and he’s in a good place,” Charlene Kelly, Chad's mom, told the Buffalo News after he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. "You have to trust that things happen for a reason and that God has a plan. Sometimes you don’t know what it is and often times things turn out to be blessings in disguise and of course we’re still wondering what that is. But he has a positive attitude.”

Kelly's surgery was performed by Dr. Larry Bowman, Clemson’s orthopedic surgeon, who has conducted more than 1,000 ACL surgeries.

Kelly's dad, Kevin, said Clemson's coaches are hoping Chad's rehab will have him ready to play by mid-fall. Kelly was in a nip-and-tuck battle with rising junior Cole Stoudt for the Tigers' No. 2 quarterback spot before being injured. He has already redshirted, and is thus not eligible for a medical hardship.

“The fastest anyone has ever healed from an ACL injury from an athletic standpoint to actually be able to compete was four months but reality is more six-eight,” Kevin Kelly told the Buffalo News. “The coaches are really wanting him to play this season and we’re hoping he’s going to be back by the middle of the season.”

Kevin told the news that his son could be walking and jogging as early as Saturday.

“As of now, things are looking real good and his leg is as strong as ever,” he said. “It’s a common procedure for athletes nowadays and hopefully my son will recover just as well as the majority of them.”

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68Scot writes:

Why the rush to get back? At 3rd string, how much playing time will he get anyway? Best thing to do is let it heal and compete for #1 next season. There is no need to come back to soon and risk reinjuring the knee competing for #2 or #3 QB spot.

SoCalTiger writes:

Kelly should come back as soon as possible, after considering the risks, because the very same injury could happen to #2 and/or #3. He needs to be ready. Remember Maryland last season? Kelly wouldn't be much of a competitor if he didn't try to come back as soon as possible anyway. The back-ups behind him are breathing down his neck. I can't wait to see if he ever gets to be #1.

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