Rebels’ QB Kelly out for the season

Published 8:37 am Monday, November 7, 2016

OXFORD (AP) — Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL and lateral meniscus in his right knee.

The 6-foot-2 senior was hurt Saturday in the Rebels’ victory over Georgia Southern. The school announced the injury following Kelly’s MRI on Sunday, and said he would have surgery this week.

“One of worst parts of coaching is seniors having season ending injuries. So thankful for how Chad and Youngblood competed and lead our program,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze tweeted Sunday.
John Youngblood, a senior defensive end, broke his leg against Georgia Southern.

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Kelly has thrown for a Southeastern Conference-leading 2,758 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He threw for more than 4,000 yards as a junior and led Ole Miss to a Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State.

Ole Miss hasn’t had nearly as much success this season. The Rebels have a 4-5 record and will now likely turn to redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin as they try to become bowl eligible.

True freshman Shea Patterson — who was one of last year’s top quarterback recruits — is also an option, though the Rebels were trying to redshirt him this season.

Pellerin has played in six games this season, but only attempted 13 passes. Three of those have been intercepted, and two were touchdowns. He’s also run the ball 25 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns, having seen time both in a mop-up role and in some short yardage packages.

Despite playing just 22 games, Kelly finished his Ole Miss career with 6,800 career passing yards. That ranks third in school history behind Eli Manning and Bo Wallace.

Kelly’s college career started at Clemson, but he was kicked out of the program in 2014 for conduct detrimental to the team. He played one season at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to Ole Miss.