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Chad Kelly is coming off an incredibly successful junior season in which he became the first Ole Miss quarterback to lead his team to wins over Auburn, Alabama and LSU in the same season, so it comes as no surprise he is garnering attention as one of the nation’s premier signal-callers.
On Wednesday, Dan Parr, College Football 24/7 Editor for NFL.com, released his “16 for 16” series in which he ranked the 16 college quarterbacks with the strongest arms—and Ole Miss fans will be pleased to see Kelly at the top of the list.
Of Kelly, Parr writes:
“There’s recent video proof of Kelly’s arm strength, not that we needed more convincing about his ability in that area. The Rebels quarterback last week posted a clip to Instagram of him chucking a ball 76 yards down the field after a 5-yard running start.”
Parr went on to add statistical proof for why he has placed Chad at the top of the list:
(SEC quarterbacks in bold)
In 2105, Kelly was named one of 10 Manning Award finalists for the nation’s top quarterback. He was the first Ole Miss player to win Sugar Bowl MVP honors since Archie Manning in 1970. He was named SEC Newcomer of the Year by Athlon and was on the Maxwell Award watch list.
Kelly was the first quarterback to lead Ole Miss to five victories over top-25 ranked teams and finished with the most wins (10) by a first-year starting Ole Miss quarterback since Jake Gibbs in 1959.
Kelly led the SEC and was nationally ranked in several important categories:
He was also ranked in the top 20 nationally in the following:
Kelly also shattered the record books in many categories in his first season as a Rebel, breaking or tying 14 Ole Miss single-season records including:
All things considered, it is no wonder Chad sits atop the “16 for 16” list of quarterbacks with the strongest arms.
(Feature image credit: Amanda Swain, The Rebel Walk)
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.