John Kelly (running back)

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John Kelly
No. 42 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-04) October 4, 1996 (age 22)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Oak Park (Oak Park, Michigan)
College:Tennessee
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing attempts:27
Rushing yards:74
Rushing touchdowns:0
Receptions:2
Receiving yards:27
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

John Marshall Kelly Jr (born October 4, 1996) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tennessee.

Early years[edit]

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Kelly attended Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Michigan. He played on the football team for head coach Greg Carter. He was a three-year starter for the Knights and contributed on offense as a running back, on defense as a cornerback, and a returner on special teams. As a senior, he recorded 25 touchdowns on offense and 39 tackles on defense. He was named to the Associated Press Michigan All-State Team.[1] Kelly received offers from Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Cincinnati, and Maryland among others.[2] Kelly committed to the University of Tennessee to play college football under head coach Butch Jones.[3]

College career[edit]

Kelly attended and played college football for the University of Tennessee from 2015-2017.

Freshman year[edit]

As a freshman in the 2015 season, Kelly was the third running back behind Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara. He saw occasional time in relief and late-game situations. He made his collegiate debut in the season opener against the Bowling Green Falcons. In the 59–30 victory, he had eight carries for 29 yards.[4] After various appearances throughout the season, he scored his first career touchdown, a one-yard rush in the fourth quarter, in the 2016 Outback Bowl in the 45–6 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats.[5] He finished the season with 40 carries for 165 yards and a touchdown.[6]

Sophomore year[edit]

As a sophomore in the 2016 season, Kelly started the season in a similar role to the previous year as Hurd and Kamara both returned. He made his season debut in the 2016 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol against Virginia Tech. In the 45–24 victory, he had one carry for four yards and a touchdown.[7] Later on, an opportunity arose for Kelly, as Hurd had some team issues and did not play in the game against Texas A&M. In the game against Texas A&M, Kelly was the second running back behind Kamara. He had 13 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown in the 2OT loss.[8] After a quiet game against Alabama,[9] he had 14 carries for 94 yards in a loss against South Carolina.[10] After the loss, Hurd quit the team and Kelly firmly took the role as the second running back. In the game against Tennessee Tech, he had seven carries for 104 yards and a touchdown.[11] After some solid performances to close the regular season, he had 15 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Nebraska in the 2016 Music City Bowl.[12] Overall, in his sophomore season, Kelly had 98 carries for 630 yards and five touchdowns.[13]

Junior year[edit]

With Kamara entering the 2017 NFL Draft, Kelly returned as the main running back for the Volunteers for the 2017 season. Kelly started the season sharing the backfield with Ty Chandler and Carlin Fils-Aime. In the season opener against Georgia Tech at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Kelly had a career day in Tennessee's 42–41 2OT victory. In the game, he had 19 carries for 128 yards and four rushing touchdowns and five receptions for 35 yards.[14] In the 26–20 loss to Florida Gators, he had 19 carries for 141 yards and a rushing touchdown. In addition, he had six receptions for 96 yards in the game.[15] On September 23, against Massachusetts, he had 25 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown.[16] On September 30, against Georgia, he had 44 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards in the 41–0 loss.[17] On November 4, he recorded 20 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Miss.[18] On November 18, against LSU, he had 25 carries for 47 yards, three receptions for 31 yards, and threw a 10-yard pass in the 30–10 loss.[19] In his final collegiate game, a 42–24 loss to Vanderbilt, he had 10 carries for 20 yards and a rushing touchdown.[20] Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 778 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns, 37 receptions, and 299 receiving yards.[21] On December 29, 2017, Kelly declared his intentions to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[22]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

John Kelly Receiving Rushing
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2015 Tennessee SEC FR RB 7 40 165 4.1 1 0 0 0.0 0
2016 Tennessee SEC SO RB 11 98 630 6.4 5 6 51 8.5 0
2017 Tennessee SEC JR RB 11 189 778 4.1 9 37 299 8.1 0
Career Tennessee 327 1,573 4.8 15 43 350 8.1 0

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
216 lb
(98 kg)
All values from NFL Combine.

Kelly was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Rams through a pick that was previously acquired from the New York Giants in exchange for Alec Ogletree. He signed a four-year contract on June 9, 2018.[23] He joined a running backs unit that contained Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown.[24] During the game against the Detroit Lions in Week 13, Brown suffered a clavicle injury, giving Kelly the opportunity for playing time.[25] He made his NFL debut on Special Teams against the Chicago Bears in Week 14, playing seven snaps.[26] In the following game, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he recorded his first professional carries with two for four yards.[27] With Gurley sitting out Week 16, Kelly recorded 10 carries for 40 yards and had a nine-yard reception against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.[28] Gurley again was inactive for Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers, giving Kelly the opportunity to have 15 carries for 30 rushing yards and a 18-yard reception.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Kelly Biography". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "John Kelly Recruit Interests". 247sports.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "John Kelly, Tennessee, Running Back". 24/7 Sports. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Bowling Green State vs Tennessee Box Score, September 5, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Outback Bowl - Northwestern vs Tennessee Box Score, January 1, 2016". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "John Kelly 2015 Game Log". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tennessee vs Virginia Tech Box Score, September 10, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Tennessee at Texas A&M Box Score, October 8, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Alabama at Tennessee Box Score, October 15, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Tennessee at South Carolina Box Score, October 29, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Tennessee Tech at Tennessee Box Score, November 5, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "Music City Bowl - Nebraska vs Tennessee Box Score, December 30, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  13. ^ "John Kelly 2016 Game Log". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "Tennessee vs Georgia Tech Box Score, September 4, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "Tennessee at Florida Box Score, September 16, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "Massachusetts at Tennessee Box Score, September 23, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  17. ^ "Georgia at Tennessee Box Score, September 30, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Southern Mississippi at Tennessee Box Score, November 4, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  19. ^ "LSU at Tennessee Box Score, November 18, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  20. ^ "Vanderbilt at Tennessee Box Score, November 25, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  21. ^ "John Kelly 2017 Game Log". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  22. ^ "Tennessee Vols running back John Kelly declares for NFL Draft". Knox News. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "Los Angeles Rams select Tennessee RB John Kelly". TurfShowTimes.com. April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  24. ^ "2018 Los Angeles Rams Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "Rams RB Malcolm Brown has clavicle injury, return timetable unclear". Rams Wire. December 4, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "Los Angeles Rams at Chicago Bears – December 9th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams – December 16th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – December 23rd, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  29. ^ "San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – December 30th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

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