Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and lateral meniscus, the school announced Sunday. He will have surgery later this week.
Kelly, a senior, sustained the injuries in the third quarter of Saturday’s 37-27 win over Georgia Southern and did not return. He had an MRI Sunday.
After the game, Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said he didn’t know the extent of Kelly’s injury.
As a senior, the injury marks the end of Kelly’s college career.
In two seasons at Ole Miss, Kelly threw for 6,800 yards and 50 touchdowns with a 63.9 completion percentage. Last season, he broke or tied 14 single-season school records, including total yards (4,542), passing yards (4,042), passing TDs (31), touchdowns responsible for (41), completions (298), completion percentage (65.1), passing efficiency (155.9) and 300-yard passing games (8).
In nine games this fall, Kelly threw for 2,758 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions, though Ole Miss is a disappointing 4-5 on the season. Last year, the Rebels were 10-3 and won the Sugar Bowl.
Before coming to Ole Miss, Kelly played two seasons at Clemson before he was dismissed in April 2014 for conduct detrimental to the team. He then spent the 2014 season at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi.
Kelly threw for 226 yards and accounted for three touchdowns (one passing, two rushing) Saturday against the Eagles before exiting the game with the injury.
Kelly was replaced on Saturday by redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin, who completed 1 of 5 passes for 19 yards and an interception. Pellerin likely will start the rest of the season for Ole Miss to preserve the redshirt of five-star true freshman Shea Patterson.
Kelly is the nephew of legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.
One of worst parts of coaching is seniors having season ending injuries. So thankful for how Chad & Youngblood competed and lead our program
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) November 7, 2016
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