Noteworthy: Preseason All-Sun Belt ... Has never missed a field goal in league play (3-for-3) ... Is ranked fifth all-time in points scored by a kicker at MT (134) ... Did not sign with the Blue Raiders until late May of 2000 ... Longest made field goal on turf is 47 yards and on grass 42 yards ... Enters year having hit a career-best 29 consecutive extra points ... Most points scored in a game is 14 (Murray State 2000) ... Longest streak of consecutive made field goals is five in a row.
2001: Was the starting placekicker all 11 games ... An official Lou Groza Award (nation's top kicker) candidate entering the season ... Made 6-of-9 field goals on the season and was 44-for-46 on extra points ... Finished second on the team in scoring with 62 points ... Hit a career-long 47-yarder against Arkansas State ... Was 3-for-4 from 40-49 yards ... Connected on a school-record 10 extra points on 10 attempts against Idaho ... Hit a 44-yarder in the win over New Mexico State and had a 42-yarder at Louisiana-Monroe.
2000: Played in 10 of 11 games and was the Blue Raiders' No. 1 placekicker ... Made 11-of-13 field goals and 39-of-44 extra points (three of his misses came from 35 yards and beyond due to penalties) ... Was second on the team in scoring with 72 points, which was the most in school history by a freshman kicker ... Tallied a personal-best 14 points against Murray State, while adding 11 versus Louisiana-Lafayette and 10 at Connecticut ... Began his collegiate career by connecting on his first five field goal attempts ... Did not miss until the team traveled to Maryland the fourth week of the season ... Went on to hit his next five in a row before missing a 38-yard attempt in the season finale against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Crowning moment came when he hit a 21-yarder with no time remaining in the second overtime against the Ragin' Cajuns to give the Blue Raiders the win and a winning season ... Career long kick came against Murray State at home from 46 yards out.
High School: Lettered for three years in football, four years in soccer, and one year in basketball for Sequoyah High School ... Named first team AAAA all-state by the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior ... Was also tabbed first team all-region 6-AAAA and first team sub-region 6-AAAA-A, while garnering all-county honors and the team's Special Team Player of the Year award ... Led the team in scoring as a senior with 47 points, while also finishing third in tackles (one interception, one sack, one fumble recovery) ... For his career, Kelly was third on the all-time scoring list after making 56-of-59 extra points and 23-of-39 field goals ... Was 19-of-26 from 45 yards or less and 3-of-6 from 50 yards or more ... Holds the county record for longest field goal (55 yards), most field goals over 50 yards (3), most career field goals (23), most career points by a kicker (125) and most consecutive extra points (52) ... A standout in soccer, Kelly was voted the county's Offensive Player of the Year three years in a row and was the team MVP in 2000 ... The high school retired his jersey at the conclusion of his senior year ... Led the entire region in scoring his senior year with 35 points ... Holds county records for most career goals (61), most career assists (29), most goals in a season (25), and most total points in a season (35) ... Voted the Sequoyah High School Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2000 ... A member of Student Government and the 21st Century Leaders Business Forum ... Nominated for Governor's Honors, Hugh O'Brien Award, and Boy's State ... Played football for coach Sid Maxwell.
Personal: Parents: Tim and Terri Kelly ... Born: 2/15/82 ... Major: Business.
FG FGM-A Pct. 0-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Lg Blk
2000 11-13 .846 4-4 4-5 3-4 0-0 46 0 2001 6-9 .667 3-4 0-1 3-4 0-0 47 2 Total 17-22 .772 7-8 4-6 6-8 0-0 47 2
Scoring FGs PATs Points
2000 11-13 39-44 72 2001 6-9 44-46 62 Total 17-22 83-90 134