Kelley named Stats Perform FCS Offensive Player of the Week

Published 12:44 pm Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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The individual honors keep rolling in for Southeastern Louisiana University senior quarterback Cole Kelley, who was named the Stats Perform FCS National Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

It’s the second national honor this week for Kelley, who was selected the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Week on Sunday. Earlier on Monday, Kelley was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. His national weekly honor from Stats Perform is the third of his career, as he took home the award following the Central Arkansas game in 2019 and the Southern Illinois game this spring.

In Saturday’s 58-48 victory at No. 25 Nicholls, Kelley engineered an offense that finished with 573 total yards and 32 first downs on the way to its highest scoring output this fall. The reigning Walter Payton Award winner threw for a career-high five touchdowns, amassing 406 yards on 29-for-38 passing, while also leading SLU with 55 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.

Gifted with a vast array of weapons at the skill positions and a consistently excellent offensive line, Kelley is building a season for the ages as the leader of the prolific Lion offense. Through five games, the Lafayette, Louisiana native leads FCS in completion percentage (74.5), points responsible for (152) and total offense (440.4 ypg), having thrown for 1,999 yards and 18 touchdowns, while also rushing for a team-high seven touchdowns.

His passing and rushing touchdown totals have already matched his totals from the spring, when he won the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy. On Saturday, Kelley, who has started 12 games as a Lion after playing 13 games as a reserve in 2019, broke the school’s career record with 72 touchdowns responsible for (46 passing, 24 rushing, two receiving).

Southeastern will open its 2021 home schedule next Saturday, welcoming Houston Baptist for a 4 p.m. Homecoming contest in Strawberry Stadium. The game will be televised on 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

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