Thursday, June 4, 2009
Kelley going to Millikin
Parker Kelley of Byhalia has indicated he plans to attend Millikin University and play football for Big Blue head coach Doug Neibuhr.
“We are very excited that Parker has decided to attend Millikin,” said Neibuhr. “We were very impressed with his high school performance and expect him to be a significant contributor to our program. We look forward to having him with us.”
Kelley earned three varsity letters in football as a linebacker and offensive and defensive lineman at Rossville Christian Academy in Rossville, Tenn.
As a sophomore, Kelley started on the defensive line where he racked with 58 tackles including three sacks, three tackles for a loss and had two fumble recoveries.
In his junior season, he had 73 tackles playing middle linebacker with one sack and three tackles for loss. He played guard on offense with 10 pancake blocks.
Kelley played defensive line and middle linebacker as a senior with 83 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. On offense, he played tackle with 15 pancake blocks and didn’t allow a sack all season. Kelley also rushed the ball five times for 45 yards and one touchdown.
After his senior season he was named his team’s top lineman on both offense and defense. He was named Second Team All-State on defense and All-State Honorable Mention for his play on the offensive line.
He is the son of Lea Shannon Kelley of Byhalia.
The Millikin football program is steeped in tradition, winning 11 CCIW titles. In 2008, the Big Blue had six players earn All-CCIW honors and the Millikin defense was ranked among the nation’s best. Coach Neibuhr is gearing up the Big Blue for success by recruiting a strong class of freshman to complement the core of talented returning players.
Located in Decatur, Ill., Millikin University is a private university that touts a diverse student population of approximately 2,300 students. Signature features of a Millikin education include an engaged, integrated, and experiential learning environment that promotes hands-on opportunities in over 50 majors from our College of Fine Arts, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies (School of Education and School of Nursing) and Tabor School of Business.
Millikin is a residential campus, which affords its students several opportunities to be involved in fine arts, student activities, student organizations and athletics at both the intercollegiate and intramural levels.
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