PASADENA, Calif. — After helping the national team to a 25-24 victory, former University of Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Cole Kelley has been named the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Most Valuable Player. Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
Kelley completed 12 of 17 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s win.
He connected with Blake Kern (Arkansas) for an even 47-yard touchdown to tie the game, then found Peyton Hendershot (Indiana) on the eventual two-point conversion winner.
Saturday marked the second All-Star appearance for the Lafayette, Louisiana native, who competed in the Hula Bowl on Jan. 15.
Saturday was the 10th annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Founded by the National Football League Players’ Association, the postseason All-Star Game serves as a showcase for draft-eligible collegiate stars.
Kelley, a consensus All-American, Southland Conference Player of the Year, Louisiana Offensive Player of the Year and FCS Stats Perform Award finalist Walter Payton, posted one of the most prolific seasons in FCS football history last falls. The three-year-old Lion letter winner has completed 73.6% (406 for 552) of his passes this fall for 5,124 yards and 44 touchdowns, while rushing for 491 yards and a school-best single-season 16 touchdowns .
Kelley’s single-season totals for accomplishments (1st), passing yards (2nd), and total offense (5,615, 3rd) were among the best in FCS history. The FCS leader in completion percentage, passing yards, points responsible and total offense, Kelley set an FCS career record for completion percentage and finished as the school leader in one. single season and career passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and rushing touchdowns.
Kelley is looking to become the third Lion to be selected in the NFL Draft since the program returned in 2003, joining Robert Alford (2nd round, Atlanta Falcons, 2013) and Harlan Miller (6th round, Arizona Cardinals, 2015).
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