NCAA rejects added eligibility for Terps' Kelley

College Football

December 17, 2004|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

Maryland senior safety Chris Kelley, who overcame three serious knee injuries during his career, had his application for a sixth year of eligibility denied by the NCAA, the school said yesterday in a statement.

Kelley, who came to Maryland in 2000 from Seneca Valley high school as a highly-recruited quarterback, missed significant parts of three seasons during his career after suffering three anterior cruciate ligament tears. He was hoping the NCAA might grant him a rare sixth-season.

After switching to defense in 2003, Kelley spent a year on special teams before blossoming into one of Maryland's best players as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Maryland is still awaiting news on tight end Rob Abiamiri (Mount St. Joseph), who also petitioned the NCAA for an extra season.

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