Ole Miss received good news Monday, as quarterback Chad Kelly announced his intentions to return for his senior season, according to the Buffalo News.
“After serious discussion with my family and Coach Freeze, I wanted my friends and fans to know that I’ll be staying at Ole Miss for my senior year,” Kelly said in a statement. “I look forward to completing my degree and graduating from Ole Miss. We’ve lost a lot of starters, but we’re still deep in talent, and I’m excited to get back to work with coach (Hugh) Freeze, coach (Dan) Werner and the rest of the team.
“It feels great to be a part of a winning team for a school with such a rich history, but I realize that there’s still a lot of learning and growing that I can do with this team. It will take the hard work and commitment of everyone involved, but I believe that we have a committed coaching staff and some of the best players in college football. I can’t wait to see what we can do together in 2016.”
Kelly led Ole Miss to a 10-3 season and a blowout win in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. He also put up historic numbers, as he accounted for a combined 4,542 yards, which ranks third all-time in SEC history. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder also totaled 41 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the season.
With Kelly’s guidance offensively, the Rebels were a miraculous 4th-and-25 from winning the SEC West, and that’s clearly one of Kelly’s goals, as he returns to Oxford, Miss.
“As a Kelly, I’ve been fortunate to grow up with a tight knit family,” Kelly said. “Coach Freeze and everyone here at Ole Miss have become a part of my family. We have the best students, the best staff, and just as importantly, the best fans in the country. Our goal this year is to win the SEC West and to compete for a National Championship.”