Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly has taken his last snap as the leader of the Rebels.
According to a report from Scout.com’s Ole Miss Spirit publisher Chuck Rounsaville, Kelly will miss the remainder of the 2016 season as a result of the knee injury that he suffered against Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Confirmed. QB Chad Kelly out for the year with knee injury. The hits keep coming.
— Chuck Rounsaville (@SpiritChuck) November 6, 2016
The Clarion Ledger’s Hugh Kellenberger reports that the injury is a torn ACL and lateral meniscus.
Chad Kelly tore his ACL and lateral meniscus on Saturday. Out for the year.
Hard to overstate how much that loss means.
— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) November 7, 2016
The Rebels, which are 4-5 on the season, went on to win the competition 37-27 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. It was reported after the game that Kelly would undergo an MRI on Sunday.
After winning the Sugar Bowl with Ole Miss last season, Kelly decided to forgo an opportunity to enter the NFL Draft to return for his senior season. Through nine games, Kelly threw for 2,758 yards passing and 19 touchdowns.
Kelly threw for 4,042 yards passing and 31 touchdowns in 2015, which should go down as one of the best single-season quarterback efforts in league history.
With just three games left in the regular season and five losses on the record, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will have to balance attempting to gain bowl eligibility and conducting a search for his quarterback of the future.
As for Kelly, his future likely includes an opportunity at playing football in the NFL. It will be interesting to track his recovery and learn how the torn ACL news impacts his draft stock.