Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly named to Walter Camp Award Watch List
Ole Miss senior quarterback Chad Kelly was named to the Walter Camp Award Watch List early Friday morning. The award is presented to the nation’s most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, which includes National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A head coaches and sport information directors.
Kelly received tons of praise throughout the offseason thanks to his performance on the field last season. The Buffalo, New York native topped the Southeastern Conference in passing yards (4,042) while completing 65.1 percent of his passes. In 2015, he led the Rebels to a 10-3 record capped off by a 48-20 victory over Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Chad Kelly on three major watch lists
With Kelly’s name on the Walter Camp Award watch list, he now appears on three major watch lists. Kelly, who was responsible for 41 Ole Miss touchdowns in the 2015 season, was previously named to the Maxwell Award (collegiate player of the year) and Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback) watch lists.
The spotlight shines on Kelly early in the 2016 season as the Rebels will open up against Florida State inside Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Labor Day. Two weeks later, Ole Miss faces defending national champion Alabama, whom the Rebels have beaten the last two seasons.
Courtney is from Memphis and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Memphis in May of 2014. He began his journalism career covering the Memphis Tigers Men’s basketball team, which landed him an intern position on 730 Yahoo Sports Radio and a position with Rivals.com. A freelance writer for the Associated Press, Courtney is also a member of The Rebel Walk team and reports regularly on Ole Miss football and basketball. Courtney, the father of a six-year old girl named Soniyah, prefers to cover NCAA basketball and football, but is happy to report on any other sport that comes his way.