70 Days Until the College Football Season Kicks Off
Yesterday we highlighted an offensive tackle from the 90’s but today we get to take a glance at a center that played for Alabama less than ten years ago.
The West Chester, Ohio native redshirted his first season at Alabama and in 2012 he had the job of backing up All American Barrett Jones. Even though Kelly was Barretts backup, he still appeared in ten games and was named to the SEC All Freshman team.
As a sophomore he stepped into the starter role and anchored an offensive line that was twenty third in the nation and fourth in the SEC in sacks allowed per game with an average of 1.31.
In his junior season, Kelly was named to the Rimington watch list and started twelve games for the Crimson Tide. Through that entire season, he only missed seven assignments on eight hundred and six plays. He had a 99.1% efficiency rate while not allowing a single sack that who year.
The following season, Kelly missed just seven assignments again, this time in one thousand and twelve snaps and only committed one penalty which was not a hold. He accounted for a 99.2% efficiency rate.
Over his career with the Crimson Tide, Kelly won a plethora of awards. He was a three time National Champion in 2011, 2012, and 2015. 2015 was a huge year as he was named All SEC, All American, won the Rimington Trophy, and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
Tomorrow we get look at a recent Notre Dame guard that was extremely powerful when it came to the rushing game.