Kelley claims Southland Offensive Player of the Week honors

Published 10:33 am Monday, October 4, 2021

After helping the No. 14 Southeastern Louisiana University football team to a 38-35 win at McNeese to open Southland Conference play, SLU senior quarterback Cole Kelley was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Kelley received Southland weekly honors for the second time this fall. The reigning Walter Payton Award winner previously received conference accolades following his performance in the season-opening 49-28 win over North Alabama.

In Saturday’s victory in Lake Charles, Kelley engineered a Lion offense that accumulated 546 total yards and moved the chains for 30 first downs. The Lafayette, Louisiana native completed 36-of-49 passes for 391 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Kelley also paced SLU on the ground with a team-high 65 yards and a score on 17 carries.

Through four games, he has passed for 1,593 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions on 135-for-182 passing, while also rushing for a league-high five touchdowns. His 74.2 completion percentage leads FCS and Kelley also ranks among the national leaders in completions per game (33.75, 2nd), passing efficiency (166.9, 7th), passing touchdowns (7th), passing yards per game (398.2, 2nd), points responsible per game (27.5, 2nd) and total offense (435.2 ypg, 2nd).

The Lions will close out their five-game road swing to start the season at Nicholls on Saturday at noon in Thibodaux. The game between SLU and the Colonels will be televised on Cox Sports Television and ESPN+, while also being heard in the Hammond area on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM, as well as online at www.kajun107.net.

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