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#23 – B.J. Kelley

  • Position
  • Alma Mater
  • Grad Year
  • Number
  • Wide Receiver
  • Central HS (Fresno, Calif.)
  • 2011
  • 23

Oregon Ducks wide receiver B.J. Kelley, a redshirt sophomore from Central High School (Fresno, California), enters his third season in the Oregon program.

Before joining the Ducks, Kelley recorded 868 yards on 12 carries and 35 receptions along with eight touchdowns as a junior. Kelley then recorded 51 catches for 1,223 (24.0 YPC) and 17 touchdowns as a senior and was one of the top wide receiver prospects for the 2011 class.

Scout, Rivals and 247Sports all listed Kelley as a three-star prospect while ESPN listed him as a four-star. Kelley had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State, Northwestern, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah and Washington State amongst other Division 1 programs before signing with the Ducks.

In 2011, Kelley spent his first season in Eugene redshirting while working on the scout team. He earned offensive scout team player of the week against Missouri State.

In 2012, Kelley blossomed in his first season of live college football hauling in six receptions for 103 yards (17.2) and three touchdowns. He made his collegiate debut against Arkansas State, catching two passes for 39 total yards. However, his highlight of the season came against Washington when he recovered a fumble on a muffed punt.

Kelley recorded three catches for 40 yards in the 2013 Spring Game, and also saw extensive action on special teams coverage. He also was one of the starting receivers with De’Anthony Thomas injured.

Going into the 2013 season, Kelley will fight for playing time, but the Ducks return a very talented group of receivers. His contributions will likely come on special teams coverage again and then in 2014 he’ll likely take over one of the starting wide receiver positions.

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