Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has yet to play his first conference game with his new school, and yet he has already grown close to his coach, Hugh Freeze.
Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, called Freeze a father figure in his press conference on Monday.
Kelly might have needed the extra guidance after Clemson dismissed him from the program in the spring of 2014. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement a year and a half ago that Kelly was kicked off the team due to “content detrimental to the team,” according to ESPN.
Last fall, Kelly played at East Mississippi Community College and transferred to Ole Miss before this season. Through two games, the quarterback has shined in his return to Division I football. The Rebels are 2-0 and the offense has scored 149 combined points with Kelly getting a majority of the snaps under center. He is 29-of-40 for 557 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.
Freeze credits his quarterback’s early season success to his film study.
“Chad (Kelly) studies more film than I do. I think that is obvious in the way that he performs,” Freeze told a group of reporters on Monday.
His film study will certainly be tested, though, versus Alabama on Saturday.
— Andy Lee (@AndyLeeWTVA) September 14, 2015