On Kelley: Former quarterback moved to safety last year ... was also an important cog on kick coverage teams ... a hard-nosed competitor who saw limited action in nickel and dime situations but firmly secured the starting spot at strong safety with his play in the spring... showed a nose for the ball and good hitting ability in his first season at defensive back ... one of the more highly recruited players on the roster ... was slowed by injury in each of his first three years at the collegiate level but recovered quickly from a knee injury to see action at QB in 2002 ... tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee prior to the `02 spring game ... tore the ACL in his left knee after high school and then again prior to fall camp in 2001 ... despite his injuries, he ran a 4.6 in spring testing.
2003 (Junior): Saw action in all 13 games ... played primarily on special teams, seeing action on kick and punt coverage ... finished the season with 12 tackles (eight unassisted), a half sack and a pass breakup ... (Gator Bowl vs. WVU) ... notched a season-high four tackles (two solo) and a half sack ... (at NCSU) ... recorded two tackles (one solo) on special teams ... (vs. CU) ... raced down the sideline to hit the Tiger kick returner at Clemson's own 15-yard line on his only tackle of the game ... (vs. The Citadel) ... finished with three solo tackles ... recorded his first career PBU in the third quarter ... (at FSU) ... recorded the first two tackles (one solo) of his career ... had a key block on special teams to spring Steve Suter for his longest kick return of the night in the second quarter.
2002 (Sophomore): Saw action in 11 games as a backup signal caller ... completed 17 of 38 passes for 171 yards ... rushed 26 times for a 1-yard net ... (at UNC) ... had seven carries for 24 yards ... had a career-long rush of 27 yards in the third quarter ... was 1-for-3 for 10 yards passing ... (vs. GT) ... replaced Scott McBrien in the third quarter after McBrien was poked in the eye ... was 1-for-2 with 12 yards passing ... (vs. EMU) ... completed all of his passes (3-for-3) after coming in during the third quarter ... (vs. FSU) ... registered career-highs in completions (six) and passing yards (54) on his five drives ... finished 6-for-11 with 54 yards and two INTs.
2001 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in two games (Duke and Troy State) in a backup capacity ... had two carries for nine yards ... did not attempt any passes ... spent the early part of the season rehabilitating his knee ... came back and performed well in practice sessions for the Orange Bowl ... reinjured his knee prior to fall camp.
2000 (Freshman): Redshirt season ... tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Super 44 All-Star game in the summer of 2000 ... underwent corrective surgery.
High School: Graduated in 2000 from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md. ... highly decorated signal-caller who was rated among the top prep quarterbacks in the country ... was named Maryland state Player of the Year by USA Today and the Offensive Player of the Year in Maryland by the Associated Press ... a two-time consensus all-state quarterback ... Seneca Valley was 26-0 with him as the starting quarterback and 39-0 with him somewhere in the starting lineup ... earned All-America honors from SuperPrep, PrepStar and by Max Emfinger ... was rated the No. 1 QB in the Atlantic region by PrepStar ... was named the All-Met Offensive Player of the Year by The Washington Post ... he was responsible for 95 touchdowns in his two seasons as starting quarterback ... as a senior in 1999, he passed for 1,645 yards and 29 touchdowns in addition to rushing for 1,278 yards and 16 TDs ... in his career, he passed for 3,657 yards and rushed for 2,111 ... high school coach was Terry Changuris.
Personal: Christopher Kelley is the son of Teresa and John Kelley ... majoring in family studies.