HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly obliterated expectations during his first season in Oxford, Miss. But headed into his senior season, he has his eyes on another goal.
When asked what would constitute a successful senior season during SEC Media Days on Thursday, Kelly left no doubts about his priorities, answering before the question was over.
“15-0, SEC championship and national championship,” Kelly said.
Since coach Hugh Freeze arrived in 2012, the Rebels have shown a renewed sense of confidence and expectations. Top recruiting classes have culminated with four straight years of improvement and bowl appearances.
The Rebels lost several key playmakers from last year’s squad, including All-Americans Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil and Robert Nkemdiche. But with Kelly, the team’s star quarterback, returning to the lineup, expectations are still high for the Rebels.
“I think we have a lot more weapons than we did last year,” Kelly said. “As long as those young guys come around and play without thinking, I think we’ll be very god.”
Kelly led the SEC with 4,042 passing yards and 31 touchdowns last season. He helped lead Ole Miss to a 10-3 record and top-10 passing offense in 2015. If he can improve his consistency, Kelly could be a first round NFL draft pick next spring.