The Clemson Tigers’ defensive line is already struggling after losing Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd from last year and it looks like their depth has taken a hit. After Austin Bryant was ruled out for the season opener earlier this week, it was reported that freshman defensive end Xavier Kelly had been injured in a moped accident.
Kelly, a four-star member of their 2016 class, was seen on crutches at practice this week and it looks like they could be without him for sometime into the future. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables talked about Kelly’s strange injury, but he didn’t seem to give a timetable for his return.
“I don’t know,” Venables said. “When do you have to make that decision? Three weeks in? I hope he can practice next week.”
The Tigers are still planning on having Kelly ready to play the season opener on the road against the Auburn Tigers. They hope he will practice next week and avoid having to redshirt him.
“We were planning on playing him and having him ready maybe like Clelin (Ferrell) and see how guys develop and what we need,” Venables said. “We were not ready to say he was a redshirt guy. We still may not. I think he will be practicing next week.”
Xavier Kelly was a big member of Clemson’s recruiting class after he had a terrific senior year at his Wichita, Kansas high school, recording 72 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks.
The Tigers face off against Auburn on Sept. 3.
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