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Cole Kelley
Cole Kelley

#15 Cole Kelley

Quarterback | Sophomore | 6-7 | 268 | Lafayette, La. | Teurlings Catholic HS

2017 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in nine games and started four (at No. 1 Alabama, No. 21 Auburn, at Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina) …  Accounted for 10 touchdowns, eight passing and two rushing … Completed 87 of 151 passes for 1,038 yards with four picks … Rushed 53 times for 74 yards … Eight TD passes were the second most in a season by an Arkansas freshman in the Hogs’ SEC era … Over his four starts, was 73-for-123 passing for 816 yards with five passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns against two … Six of his seven touchdown passes were in SEC play … Totaled 692 passing yards in October, the third most in the SEC during the month … In the red zone, completed 13 of 18 passes for 74 yards and five touchdowns … vs. Florida A&M (Aug. 31): Scored his first career touchdown, a 7-yard pass to Cheyenne O’Grady on third down with 2:20 left in the game … vs. Texas A&M (Sept. 23): Took shotgun snaps in short-yardage situations, and rushed four times for four first downs, including a 13-yard gain on his first attempt on a drive that culminated with him throwing his second career touchdown pass early in the second quarter … at South Carolina (Oct. 7): Entered the game with 12:47 left in the fourth quarter in place of injured Austin Allen … Completed 8 of 13 attempts for 140 yards against one interception, including a 34-yard TD strike to Jonathan Nance … Also rushed twice for 23 yards and a pair of first downs … at No. 1 Alabama (Oct. 14): Filling in for Allen, completed 23 of 42 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his first career start … Completed passes to eight different players on the night with nine completions converting first downs … Connected with Jordan Jones for 46 yards — Arkansas’ longest play of the night … Became the first Arkansas freshman quarterback to start a game since Brandon Allen did at Alabama in 2012 … at Ole Miss (Oct. 28): became the first freshman quarterback in Razorback history to defeat an SEC team on the road as a starter since Mitch Mustain in 2006 (W, 21-19 at Vanderbilt) when he led the Razorbacks to a 38-37 win after trailing by 24 points — the largest comeback in school history … Manufactured a 62-yard drive after the Razorbacks took over at their own 22, trailing 37-35 with 4:04 left in the game, to set up Connor Limpert’s 34-yard game-winning field goal. Kelley finished the contest 19-of-30 passing for 189 yards and three touchdowns against just one interception, while adding a 15-yard rushing score … Accounted for 14 first downs with 10 coming through the air and four on the ground. Kelley also became the fifth quarterback, including the first freshman, in Arkansas’ SEC era to tally at least three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the same game (Austin Allen, 2016; Ryan Mallett, 2010; Matt Jones, 2003; Clint Stoerner, 1998) … vs. Coastal Carolina (Nov. 4): With a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:55 remaining, lifted Arkansas to a 39-38 win, his second fourth-quarter comeback in as many weeks.

2016 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted as a true freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-star recruit by ESPN with a grade of 80 … Earned a three-star rating from 247Sports, Rivals and Scout … A consensus top 100 quarterback in the country with a best of No. 16 by ESPN … No. 2 quarterback in the state of Louisiana by Scout … ESPN ranked him as the No. 28 player in the state of Louisiana … Tabbed the No. 51 player in the state of Louisiana by 247Sports and No. 54 by Scout … As a senior, passed for 3,203 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 219 of 384 passes in helping the Rebels and head coach Sonny Charpentier to a 10-4 record and the state semifinals … Also rushed 118 times for 286 yards and eight touchdowns … A Louisiana Sports Writers Association 2015 Class 4-A honorable mention … Participated in the 2015 Rivals Quarterback Challenge at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas … Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record and the state quarterfinals as a junior, throwing for 2,980 yards and 27 touchdowns thanks to four 300-plus yard passing games … Also rushed for 18 yards and three touchdowns … Had six games with three or more touchdown passes, including a six-touchdown performance in the Rebels’ 65-35 win over Northside High School (Nov. 7, 2014) … Named to the 2014 District 5-4A All District Team, All-State first team, All-Acadian first team, and earned Offensive MVP acclaim … Has been clocked at 4.9 in the 40-yard dash … Also played basketball, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds as a junior … Chose Arkansas over Colorado State, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Tulane.

PERSONAL: Born on Oct. 27, 1997 … Son of Roger and Sheri Kelley … Dad played at Louisiana-Monroe and his brother Lance played at Louisiana … Recreation and sport management major … 2016-17 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree.

2017 Game-By-Game

FLORIDA A&M1/02366.74410371-8-8.000
vs. Texas A&M1/01250.021024215.2013
NEW MEXICO STATE1/00000.00000263.006
at South Carolina1/081361.5140113422311.5012
at Alabama1/1234254.8200114611-10-0.9013
at Ole Miss1/1193063.3189313113221.7115
COASTAL CAROLINA1/1162564.02641060461.516
at LSU1/031030.0360125100.000