Returned to the field against the odds after having two surgeries on his knee (in 2004 and 2005) and enduring close to two years of rehabilitation ... a smart player who understood the game and used his knowledge to beat bigger opponents.
2006: Played in 12 games with six tackles and two pass break-ups ... earned the team's Ken Cotton Award as its most courageous player ... had his only start of the season against Washington ... the biggest tackle of his career came on a fourth-down goal-line stand at Washington State to preserve a Cal advantage ... recorded two tackles against Stanford.
2005: Did not see any action due to injury.
2004: Started the first three games of the year at defensive end before suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice ... tallied six tackles, five unassisted, and one for a loss of nine yards (vs. New Mexico State) ... pulled down an interception at Oregon State and returned it 21 yards.
2003: Hard-working contributor to scout team ... named Cal's defensive scout team player of the year.
High School: Named Most Valuable Defensive Player and Most Valuable Lineman his senior year for 2001 section championship team ... registered 126 tackles, seven sacks, five interceptions, six forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles that 2001 season ... invited to play in the North-South Shrine Bowl Classic after his senior year ... also played three years of prep basketball.
Personal: Born Jan. 25, 1984 in Oakland ... parents are Jim and Mary Kelly ... plans to attend law school following his graduation at Cal ... father, Jim Kelly, participated in wrestling and football at Oklahoma State ... grandfather, Afton Kelly, also played football at OSU, while great uncle, Lamar Kelly, was once a member of the NFL's Baltimore Colts ... earned his degree in December with a double major in political science and legal studies.
Kelly's Career Defensive Stats