Braxton Kelley
Braxton Kelley

Student Assistant Coach

Former NFL and Kentucky linebacker Braxton Kelley is in his first season as a student assistant coach for the Wildcats, working with the linebackers.

Kelley, who played at Kentucky from 2005-08, totaled 287 tackles (175 solo), 6.5 sacks (30 yds.), four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and six pass breakups in 46 games (42 starts). He was named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player after registering a team and career-best 98 tackles (49 solo), four sacks (21 yds.), two pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 13 games as a senior in 2008. During his junior year, in the third overtime vs. No. 1-ranked LSU, he made the game-winning stop on fourth-and-two to preserve UK's 43-37 victory. He had an excellent freshman season as he was named a Freshman All-American by, The Sporting News and and also was named to a pair of SEC All-Freshman teams. He was UK's Outstanding First-Year Player as chosen by the Wildcat coaches in 2005. Kelley signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2009. His career was cut short after injuring his right knee during a preseason game in 2010.

Kelley, a native of LaGrange, Ga., played at LaGrange High School and earned first-team All-Georgia recognition from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a junior and senior. He was a part of the LaGrange juggernaut that won Class AAA state championships during his freshman, junior, and senior seasons.

Kelley is working on a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.

2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium