The last week hasn’t been kind to Clemson at the defensive end position.
Monday, Austin Bryant sustained a fracture in his foot that will keep him out of the first three games of the season. Two days later, Xavier Kelly was involved in a moped accident that left him with stitches and some abrasions but no serious injuries.
According to the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, the true freshman is lucky to be alive.
“He wiped out, somebody ran right into him. We’re lucky he’s alive,” Brent Venables said. “He got flipped, and got some scrapes and abrasions and banged his head. Some stitches, I think, on his toe. He’s just very lucky, very fortunate.”
Venables added that Kelly wasn’t wearing a helmet, prompting him to joke that since the state of South Carolina doesn’t require moped riders to wear helmets the football program might need to implement “Swinney Law” when it comes to headgear.
“Give up the constitutional right of choice,” the coordinator said.
Kelly, a four-star 2016 signee, was seen walking around practice on crutches, but the program hopes he can return to the field at some point next week. Venables is still planning on Kelly traveling to Auburn for the opener and playing against the SEC Tigers.