Earned playing time as a linebacker and on special teams during his first season at Kentucky ... Transferred to UK in January 2012 ... Redshirted a year in junior college, so he has three seasons of eligibility at UK ... Brings good speed to the linebacker position.
2012 (Sophomore): Played in eight games ... Made 11 tackles, including a season best of seven in the win over Kent State ... Got a tackle for loss at Louisville.
Junior College: Spent two years at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. ... Played four games at safety as a freshman until sustaining a knee injury ... During those four games he made 26 tackles, caused two fumbles and intercepted a pass ... Redshirted as a sophomore ... The nation's No. 69 junior-college player as ranked by 24/7 Sports, also the No. 11 juco player in Mississippi and the nation's No. 3 safety ... Coached by Brian Anderson ... "Kory's physical nature stands out," Anderson said. "He gets off blocks well and is a big hitter. He's also a quality young man of the finest character."
High School: Three-year starter played cornerback and safety at Berkeley HS in Moncks Corner, S.C. ... An all-region pick as a senior ... Helped Berkeley to three strong runs in the state playoffs, including a state semifinal appearance his junior year and quarterfinal berths as a sophomore and senior ... Played for the winning South team in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game following his senior season ... Coached by Jerry Brown ... Berkeley's defensive coordinator, Ed Moore, said, "Kory was the most instinctive player I've ever coached, always at the right place at the right time. He's a very physical player, very good in run support as well as pass coverage. He's also a great young man." ... In addition to football, participated in basketball, baseball, wrestling and track and field in high school ... Advanced to the state meet in the high jump his senior year and had a best leap of six feet, four inches.
Personal: Born in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Son of Stella McKelvey ... Major is community communications and leadership development ... Comes from an athletic family ... An older brother, Omar, played football at Marshall ... Another brother, Evan McKelvey, currently plays at Marshall ... A cousin J.J. McKelvey, played at Clemson and is now playing arena football ... Kory enjoys community service and has helped coach children in youth league sports.
Kory Says ... My nickname is: Downtown ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: be a mentor/coach ... If I could be on any reality TV show I would choose: to take Dr. Phil's job ... The coolest thing about UK is: I'm blessed ... The one thing I like about football is: it gives me opportunities I never had, to go places I've never been; it also made me who I am today ... My hidden talent is: I produce music.