Hawk Item – – Named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . played in just four games in 2019 and used 2019 as a redshirt season . . . one of 10 true freshmen to see action in 2017 . . . first true freshman to rush for two touchdowns in a game since 2010 . . . attended Nazareth Academy as freshman and sophomore before completing final two years of prep career at Oswego East.
2019 – – Saw action in four games, recording six rushing attempts for 23 yards and two receptions for 25 yards . . . saw action in 38-14 win over Miami, but had no statistics as offense gained 213 net rushing yards and 465 yards total offense . . . saw action in 30-0 win over Rutgers as offense gained 438 yards total offense . . . one reception for 25 yards vs. Rutgers, leading to an Iowa touchdown . . . saw action in 18-17 win at Iowa State . . . five rushing attempts for 20 yards at Iowa State, along with one pass reception . . . saw action in 48-3 win over Middle Tennessee, recording one rushing attempt for three yards as offense gained 644 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 10-3 loss at #18 Michigan . . . did not see action in 17-12 loss to #9 Penn State . . . did not see action in 26-20 win over Purdue . . . did not see action in 20-0 win at Northwestern . . . did not see action in 24-22 loss at #16 Wisconsin . . . did not see action in 23-19 win over #7 Minnesota . . . did not see action in 19-10 win over Illinois . . . did not see action in 27-24 win at Nebraska . . . did not see action in 49-24 Holiday Bowl win over #22 USC.
2018 – – Played in nine games, with six starts at running back . . . rushed 97 times for 341 yards and two touchdowns, with nine receptions for 78 yards . . . started at running back in 33-7 win over Northern Illinois as offense gained 209 net rushing yards . . . rushed 16 times for 62 yards and one touchdown, with the score coming on a 2-yard run . . . did not see action in 13-3 win over Iowa State due to injury . . . did not play in 38-14 win over Northern Iowa due to injury . . . started at running back in 28-17 loss to #18 Wisconsin . . . led rushing attack with 14 attempts for 72 yards vs. the Badgers, with a long of 19 yards, and also had one reception for seven yards . . . started at running back in 48-31 win at Minnesota as offense gained 420 yards total offense . . . rushed 20 times for 47 yards and had two receptions for 40 yards, with a career-long reception of 25 yards . . . did not see action in 42-16 win at Indiana due to injury . . . started at running back in 23-0 win over Maryland as offense gained 224 net rushing yards . . . reached career-bests with 24 rushing attempts for 98 yards vs. Maryland, with a long of 10 yards, along with one reception . . . started at running back in 30-24 loss at #17 Penn State . . . five rushing attempts for 14 yards at Penn State . . . started at running back in 38-36 loss at Purdue . . . 10 rushing attempts for 39 yards at Purdue, with a two-yard touchdown run . . . also had two receptions for 21 yards . . . saw action in 14-10 loss to Northwestern . . . three rushing attempts for nine yards vs. Northwestern, along with career-best three receptions for 12 yards . . . did not see action in 63-0 win at Illinois due to injury . . . saw action in 31-28 win over Nebraska, but had no statistics as offense rushed for 226 yards and gained 419 yards total offense . . . saw action in 27-22 Outback Bowl win over #18 Mississippi State, with five rushing attempts for zero yards.
2017 – – Rushed 20 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns, with four receptions for 25 yards and one score . . . saw action in 24-3 opening win over Wyoming, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 44-41 OT win at Iowa State as offense gained 497 yards total offense . . . recorded two KO returns for 39 yards at Iowa State, with a long of 24 yards . . . also recorded one solo tackle on special teams . . . saw action in 31-14 win over North Texas as offense gained 435 yards total offense . . . rushed 11 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns vs. North Texas, with scoring runs of two and six yards . . . also had two KO returns for 44 yards, with a long of 23 yards . . . saw action in 21-19 loss to #4 Penn State . . . recorded two pass receptions for 12 yards vs. Penn State, along with three KO returns for 67 yards . . . saw action in 17-10 loss at Michigan State . . . one reception for 10 yards at MSU, along with one rushing attempt for minus two yards . . . two KO returns for 56 yards at MSU, with a long of 35 yards . . . saw action in 45-16 win over Illinois . . . two rushing attempts for 22 yards vs. Illinois, along with one reception for a three-yard touchdown . . . saw action in 17-10 OT loss at Northwestern, recording one KO return for 28 yards . . . saw action in 17-10 win over Minnesota, returning three kickoffs for 62 yards, with a long of 23 yards . . . also had one assisted tackle on special teams . . . saw action in 55-24 win over #3 Ohio State as offense gained 487 yards total offense . . . two kickoff returns for 38 yards vs. Ohio State, with a long of 20 yards . . . saw action in 38-14 loss at #6 Wisconsin, recording three KO returns for 53 yards and one solo tackle on special teams . . . saw action in 24-15 loss to Purdue, recording one KO return for 17 yards . . . saw action in 56-14 win at Nebraska as offense rushed for 313 yards and gained 505 yards total offense . . . rushed six times for a career-best 90 yards at Nebraska, with a long of 57 yards . . . scored on a five yard run . . . saw action in 27-20 Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College, but had no statistics.
High school honors – – Earned first-team all-conference and all-state (247sports.com) honors as a senior, being named conference offensive MVP . . . named Chicago Tribune West Athlete of the Month in December . . . earned Pioneer Press All-America recognition and first-team all-conference honors as a junior . . . second-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune as a junior . . . Career – – Four-year football letterman as running back and defensive back . . . helped prep football teams post four-year record of 43-7, winning state titles as a sophomore (Nazareth Academy) and junior (Oswego East) . . . as a senior had 159 rushing attempts for 1,360 yards and 22 touchdowns, with 19 pass receptions for 287 yards and four touchdowns . . . rushed for 2,036 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior on 190 rushing attempts, while also scoring two touchdowns on special team returns . . . had 90 rushing attempts for 698 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman . . . set school record at Nazareth Academy with six rushing touchdowns in a game . . . at East, set record for longest rushing touchdown (96 yards) in state championship game . . . team captain as a senior . . . also lettered in track (1) as sprinter and hurdler, wrestling (1), and volleyball (1).
Personal – – Born 10/7/98 . . . business management/leadership major . . . earned academic All-America recognition . . . parents are Idaly and Jamar Kelly . . . high school coach at Nazareth Academy was Tim Racki; coach at Oswego East was Tyson LeBlanc.