Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has thrown for 557 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games of the season, but that was against UT-Martin and Fresno State. The nation is left wondering if Kelly will be able to put up similar numbers on the big stage.
It will find out Saturday.
Kelly will start the biggest game of his career Saturday against No. 2 Alabama at 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN. Rebels coach Hugh Freeze spoke with ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski for College GameDay to give America a glimpse of what they will learn about Kelly.
“(He’s) an ultra-competitive dude. He spends more time watching film than I do, and I mean that. He really does, and he’ll be prepared,” Freeze said.
He certainly puts in the work, but Kelly hasn’t been prepared for this type of stage thus far in his career. Kelly appeared in just five games as a redshirt freshman for Clemson in 2013, taking only 55 snaps. Even with the limited experience, his biggest game came against Georgia Tech in 2013 where he threw two passes.
Not exactly Alabama.
After getting dismissed from Clemson in the spring of 2014 for content detrimental to the team, Kelly spent last season quarterbacking for East Mississippi junior college.
Again, no Alabama’s there.
Saturday will be a big test for Kelly, but Freeze thinks his signal-caller is prepared for the challenge. But like the rest of the nation, he doesn’t know for sure.
“He just hasn’t gone through the adverse situation that will come that will come I’m certain Saturday night,” Freeze said. “You just have to stay in a good mind frame and stay away from all the outside things that could interfere and change your focus. You just can’t do that in this league and you’ve got to just be composed and try and trust in the plan and trust in your ability I think he’ll do fine, but again, haven’t seen it.”
— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) September 19, 2015