• SEC Academic Honor Roll (1999, 2000)
Worked his way into playing time last season and strives for a greater role in the spring … Opens fall practice as the starter at the “Z” receiver … Has shown an ability to make good moves after the catch … Has played in 28 games with two starts.
2000 (Junior): His move to wide receiver paid off in his most significant playing time … Played in all 11 games, with starting assignments at Florida and LSU … Totaled eight receptions for 64 yards … Top game was two catches for 18 yards vs. Vanderbilt … Had two kickoff returns for 31 yards … Did a good job covering punts and made six tackles … Second year as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Represented UK as one of 353 student-athletes from across the country who attended an NCAA Leadership Conference in May, 2000.
1999 (Sophomore): Saw action in six games in special teams play, getting his second varsity letter … Biggest play of the season came at Vanderbilt when he recovered a fumbled punt on the Commodore 12-yard line, setting up UK’s first touchdown in the 19-17 bowl-clinching win … Also saw significant action on the UK junior varsity team … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
1998 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games, plus the Outback Bowl, seeing special teams action in addition to reserve duty at cornerback ... Totaled seven tackles and caused one fumble.
High School: Four-year starter on offense and defense at Graceville (Fla.) HS ... Played cornerback on defense and quarterback and running back on offense ... Senior year statistics include 135 rushing attempts for 836 yards and 15 touchdowns ... Made 44 tackles and had three interceptions ... Had two kickoff returns for touchdowns during his career ... Led his team to four consecutive district championships and four berths in the state playoffs ... Team reached the state final four his freshman and senior seasons ... Named first-team all-state in Class AA as a junior and senior by the Florida Sportswriters Association ... Three-year choice on the all-district team ... Two-year selection as all-county, all-conference, and All-Big Bend area ... Coached by Rob Armstrong ... Four-sport star ... Four-year letterman at guard in basketball who has been all-county three years and all-conference two years ... Four-year letterman in baseball as a centerfielder ... Three-year all-county choice in that sport ... Two-year track team member, competing in the 100-meter dash, long jump, and 4x100-meter relay ... Won the district meet in the 100-meter dash and advanced to the state meet in that event ... Extremely active in student affairs ... President of the student council ... Member of the Beta Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ...Class salutatorian who was also named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students ... Member of the school’s Academic Team and Math Team ... Picked UK over Vanderbilt, Air Force, and Southern Mississippi.
Personal: Full name is Anthony Antoine Kelly ... Nickname is “Champ” ... Born 11-27-79 in Graceville, Fla. ... Son of Michael Kelly and Marcia Sorey ... Major is computer science.
The Cats’ Cause: Participated in UK’s “Schoolhouse Rock” academic pep rally for 2,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students (1999, 2000, and 2001) … Helped work the UK Children’s Hospital “Breakfast With Santa” (1999 and 2000) and has visited patients at the hospital … Mentor for a high school student in the Mashburn Excel Scholarship Program (1999-2001) … Guest speaker at area schools (2000-01) … Participated in the Cat Tales reading program at area schools (2001).
Kelly Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 2000 Wide Rec. 11-2 8 64 8.0 0 15