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Power Take: Kelly wise to avoid NFL temptation, continue growth at Ole Miss

The best part about Chad Kelly staying at Ole Miss for his final season was that he made the decision for all the right reasons. Kelly had a school-record 4,042 yards passing and tied another mark with 31 touchdowns. It was one of the best seasons by a quarterback in SEC history.

Kelly’s stock skyrocketed after one season as a Division I starter. He could have entered the NFL draft knowing he would get selected. The money and fame that comes with professional football can be seductive. Kelly has a big arm and great instincts, but he also knows that he’s still developing.

His rationale – improving his skills, building a winner, earning his degree – was a sign of maturity. Another trouble-free year would show that previous off-field problems were nothing more than youthful turbulence. By sticking around, he also could wind up making more money.

Kelly should become a better, more polished quarterback with another season in college. He also should become a more mature person. Another year at Ole Miss benefits everyone.


Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports section.

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