Surgery set for UM-bound Kelley

College Football

July 06, 2000|By James Giza | James Giza,SUN STAFF

Maryland-bound Chris Kelley, the star quarterback from Seneca Valley, will have surgery in the next couple of weeks to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The injury could sideline Kelley, who had already decided to redshirt his freshman year, until next spring.

Kelley sustained the injury as he was tackled on a keeper out of the shotgun late in the first quarter of Saturday's Super 44 high school all-star football game at W.T. Woodson High in Fairfax, Va.

The hit did not appear extraordinarily hard, but it left Kelley lying on his back and clutching his left knee for several minutes. He was helped off the field by members of the Maryland staff.

"I heard a pop when a guy grabbed my leg, and I spun to get away," Kelley said after the Maryland all-star's 31-10 victory over the Virginia squad.

Kelley, 6 feet 2, 205 pounds, threw for 1,424 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 1,051 yards and 15 touchdowns in leading Seneca Valley to its third straight Class 3A state title.

The team was 39-0 with Kelley in the lineup.

Kelley was named the Washington area's Offensive Player of the Year and was ranked in the top 10 nationally at quarterback by most recruiting publications.

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