Vols Player Profile: John Kelly

A few highlights from UT running back John Kelly in 2016.

Position: Running Back

Year: Junior

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 212 lbs

John Kelly is a junior running back for the Vols out of Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Michigan. 

As a sophomore, Kelly scored 5 touchdowns in 12 games and averaged  52.5 yards per game. That was an improvement from his freshman year when he scored just one touchdown and averaged 16.5 yards per game. 

Despite having an increased role in 2016 due to an injured Alvin Kamara and Jalen Hurd and eventually Hurd's early departure from the program, Kelly only had one start last year for Tennessee. He has his sights set on a starting job in 2017. 

After spring practice on Tuesday, March 28th Kelly said in addition to getting his body in shape, he's been watching extra film on himself and on former Vol running back Alvin Kamara to help him be a better back.

"Coach Rock has been a tremendous help with all of us with the off-season weight lifting programs. I'm definitely trying to mold my body into a starting SEC running back," said Kelly. 

Kelly is also embracing his role as a mentor for the younger guys on the squad. 

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