Marshall's Kellett puts himself in position for NFL

Senior has pro scouts intrigued by his versatility



November 07, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Gregg Kellett did not have a burning desire to play football at Marshall University.

But the Marshall recruiters said the magic word, "fullback," to the former Oakland Mills standout, and no other Division 1-A school was interested.

So it was off to Huntington, W.Va., and an outstanding collegiate football career with the Thundering Herd of the Mid-American Conference.

Now, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Kellett, who was converted to a tight end by Marshall, waits on that doorstep to see which NFL team invites him in next April. He has been followed around every Saturday by at least one NFL scout and has four games left in his college career.

The scouts love that Kellett could play tight end and fullback in the NFL. They beam over the possibility of a 260-pound athlete lining up at fullback and doing the dirty work of blocking in the backfield.

Whenever the 7-1 Herd uses the senior tight end as a fullback, the results have been impressive. He has carried the ball twice this season for 15 yards, which includes a 5-yard touchdown, and he has 12 receptions for 186 yards.

"I love to play fullback because it's more instinctive than tight end," Kellett said. "At tight end, there's a lot of technique to learn. Marshall needed a blocking tight end in their offense, which is designed more for wide receivers."

Kellett caught 12 passes in each of his first three years at Marshall. Going into his senior season, he had 36 receptions for 444 yards and three touchdowns.

The highlight of his career came in the Motor City Bowl his freshman season when he caught a 59-yard pass from Chad Pennington.

"We've been to the Motor City Bowl three straight years and beaten three different teams," Kellett said.

"Now, I want to go south this year."

Oakland Mills connection

Kellett is part of an Oakland Mills connection at Marshall that also includes senior defensive back Fardan Carter and freshman defensive back J.T. Rembert.

Carter has played in all eight games and made 10 1/2 tackles, and Rembert has 13 tackles in seven games.

Rembert was a first-team All-Metro selection last fall.

Styczynski leads Ithaca

Ithaca sophomore cross country runner Mike Styczynski (River Hill) finished third in the 14-team New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championship on Saturday, helping the Bombers to the title for the second straight year.

Styczynski was Ithaca's top finisher for the fourth time this season, finishing the 8,000 meters in 26 minutes, 17 seconds.

Ithaca is ranked 17th in the National Cross Country Coaches' Association poll.

Et cetera

Junior forward Bess Henninger (Annapolis) finished the 2001 season as the second-leading scorer (seven goals, six assists for 20 points) for the College of Wooster (Ohio) field hockey team. Last spring, Henninger was a third-team Division III lacrosse All-American with a school-record 57 goals and 37 assists. ... Freshman Lindsey Redlin (Annapolis) was a reserve on the field hockey team, playing in four games and contributing one assist. Wooster (16-4) made it to the NCAA Division III tournament but lost to William Smith last Saturday in the first round.

Freshman offensive lineman Antoine Colvin (Dunbar) will not play against Maryland on Nov. 17 when the Terps close out their season on the road against North Carolina State. Colvin is being redshirted this season.

Colgate senior wide receiver Joe Parker (Arundel) had seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Red Raiders' 25-22 loss to Lehigh on Saturday. For the season, Parker has 40 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns. Colgate is 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League.

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