Why be excited: He's the first quarterback hand-picked by Chad Morris to run Clemson's offense, and brings a fiery attitude, a unique skill set, and an unparalleled pedigree to his college career. During his senior season at St. Joseph's, Kelly re-wrote the Western New York record book in most passing categories, and continued to excel as a runner, as well. Time after time, he delivered game-changing performances in the clutch, often proving himself most dangerous in scrambling, ad-lib situation. Morris wants his quarterback to be a running threat, and Kelly has shown no hesitation, as testified by back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
You may not know: A lifelong student of the game as taught by his uncle, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Chad Kelly gives his dad much of the credit for his development as a quarterback via hours of backyard practice.
How he fits into the depth chart: Barring injury, and assuming that Cole Stoudt continues develop and nails down the backup spot during the spring, Kelly should have the option of redshirting. If he does, it will help restore class balance to Clemson's talent progression at the quarterback spot.
High School:St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
Recruited By:Chad Morris
Other Offers:Florida State, Alabama, Syracuse. Michigan State, Penn State and more.
2011 (Senior) - 3,045 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, and 1,012 rushing yards and 14 rush touchdowns; 2010 (Junior) - 2,159 passing yards, 24 touchdowns to eight interceptions, 1,057 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
40-time - 4.6.