Tennessee fans may have grown comfortable with associating the No. 6 jersey with Vols defensive back Todd Kelly Jr.
But when Kelly takes the field this fall, he’ll be donning someone else’s jersey number.
Vols coach Butch Jones confirmed on Monday that Kelly will wear No. 24 this season in honor of Zaevion Dobson, a Fulton (Tenn.) High School player that was killed shielding friends from random gunfire.
Todd Kelley Jr will wear # 24 not # 6 this year to honor Zaevion Dobson who was shot and killed by random fire protecting friends.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) August 1, 2016
Honored and privileged to wear the #24 this season in honor of Zaevion Dobson, your legacy lives on and will never be forgotten . . .
— Todd Kelly Jr. (TK) (@ToddKellyJr) August 1, 2016
Dobson was honored by ESPN last month during the ESPY Awards, where his family was presented with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. It was accompanied by a 12-minute video, which included comments from President Barack Obama.
You can watch Dobson’s tragic story here:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 14, 2016
Kelly played high school football at nearby Webb School of Knoxville.