Todd Kelly Jr.: ‘My blood runs orange’

Todd Kelly Jr.: ‘My blood runs orange’

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Todd Kelly Jr.: ‘My blood runs orange’

KNOXVILLE – At least three games remain in Todd Kelly Jr.’s UT career – four if Tennessee becomes bowl eligible.

After suffering a knee injury two games into last season, and with a new coaching staff coming in for 2018, Kelly remained all-in to comeback for his redshirt senior season.

Ahead of playing Kentucky, Kelly says coming back “wasn’t a tough decision at all.”

“When you speak about the program, the University of Tennessee, that’s my pride and joy,” he said. “My blood runs orange. I grew up here. I’m a Knoxville native, so when I had the decision to come back again, why would I not try to extend my career for this ball team, for this community and for this city?

“I wanted to play for Coach Pruitt. He’s a great coach and a great defensive mind. You have seen all the things he’s done for us. We all believe in him and take pride in what he’s teaching us, and I wanted to have the experience for playing for him for one year. There was no doubt in my mind I wanted to come back.”

Kelly played in 13 games as freshman in 2014, starting three games. The Knoxville native and Webb School alum has recorded 167 tackles, eight interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his UT career.

During fall training camp ahead of the 2016 season, Kelly honored fallen local hero Zaevion Dobson by changing his jersey from No. 6 to No. 24.

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