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Tennessee RB John Kelly Added to the Maxwell Award Watch List

Great news for Kelly.

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If there’s been one consistently good thing in Knoxville this football season, it’s been running back John Kelly. He’s the heart and soul of this team and to this point has been virtually the entire offense. The national media is taking notice.

On Friday, he was added to the Maxwell Award watch list, which is handed out to college football’s most outstanding player each year.

Kelly has handled 97 rushing attempts this season, piling up 494 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s averaging over five yards per carry to this point. He’s added 22 catches for 229 yards as well.

Peyton Manning is the only Tennessee Volunteer to ever win the Maxwell Award. It’s cool to see Kelly recognized for his efforts despite a rotten couple of weeks for Tennessee. Watching him run the football is one of my favorite things about Saturdays.