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Clemson DE "lucky he's alive" after moped accident


True freshman defensive end Xavier Kelly escaped serious injury after a vehicle struck his moped late Wednesday.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Kelly, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was fortunate to only sustain minor injuries.

"He wiped out, somebody ran right into him. We're lucky he's alive," Venables told The State. "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."

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Clemson University police reportedly said the accident occurred when a vehicle struck the rear of Kelly's moped, and the driver of that vehicle was at fault. The full extent of Kelly's injuries are not yet known, but according to reports his overall physical health is fine. The four-star recruit out of Wichita, Kansas was expected to see some playing time this season. Venables said he's not ruling out the possibility that the 6'5", 255-pound Kelly could be redshirted.