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.
Today’s Power Takes
Jay Skurski’s Power Take: Evidence shows Henderson had dramatic impact on Bills’ DBs
Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: Kelly wise to avoid NFL temptation, continue growth at Ole Miss
Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Fifth title puts Saban in a league of his own