Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Webb School of Knoxville senior defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation's top 90 high school football players.
As part of its Selection Tour, All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company, will recognize Kelly during a special ceremony, Tuesday, December 3 at 11:40 a.m. in Webb School's Bishop Center auditorium.
Kelly, a two-time TSWA All-State selection, was named PrepXtra's Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Kelly ended a superb junior season that included winning the 2012 Tennessee Titans DII-A Mr. Football Back Award and a state championship ring. On defense, he made 72 tackles, broke up 7 passes, and grabbed 3 interceptions. He returned 1 of those interceptions for a touchdown, and tacked on 2 punt returns for touchdowns. On offense, Kelly led the Spartan team in carries with 99, rushing yards at 1,120, yards per carry at 11.3, rushing touchdowns with 23, and receiving touchdowns with 5.
Kelly was also named a Mr. Football Back Finalist this year. For his senior season, he rushed for 1,014 yards on 130 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. He also amassed 23 total touchdowns (20 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 punt return). On defense, Kelly has recorded 59 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass breakups.
“Todd is not only a great football player,” says Webb School head varsity football coach, David Meske, “but is also an outstanding student, teammate, and community member at Webb.”
“Kelly is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Webb School of Knoxville,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and (we) are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
Todd Kelly Jr. was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of members representing All American Games and 247Sports. U.S. Army All-Americans are eligible for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Pete Dawkins Game MVP Award, and the Felix “Doc” Blanchard and Glenn Davis Awards.
As a result of Kelly being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Coach Meske is invited to travel to San Antonio and attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, an elite three-day learning experience, including Bowl Week activities.
For more than 13 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation's premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2013 NFL Draft, there were a total of eight U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni drafted in the first round. The 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,133 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.