Duke Football BIO
83 Austin Kelly
2009: Played in all 12 games with 10 starting assignments ... caught 54 passes for 625 yards and four TDs ... ranked 10th in the ACC and tied for 80th nationally in receptions per game (4.50) ... united with Donovan Varner (65) and Conner Vernon (55) to form the third-most prolific trio in Duke history with 174 combined catches ... also with Varner (1,065) and Vernon (746), became the first trio in school history to each have over 600 receiving yards in a single season ... on Duke’s single-season charts, reception total ranks tied for 15th while the yardage total stands 27th ... only Duke receiver to have at least two catches in all 12 contests ... led the Blue Devils with 13 third-down catches resulting in first downs ... picked up a career-high nine receptions for 67 yards in Duke’s win over Maryland ... had five catches for a career-best 98 yards at Kansas ... logged three grabs for 93 yards against Wake Forest ... recorded over 40 receiving yards in eight outings ... scoring receptions came versus Richmond (21 yards), Virginia Tech (4), N.C. State (8) and Wake Forest (62) ... threw an incomplete pass against Virginia.
2008: Played in 11 games with six starts ... caught 13 passes for 142 yards on the season ... recorded at least one pass reception in each of the first six games before suffering an injury that kept him out of the Vanderbilt contest ... hauled in four passes for 37 yards against Northwestern ... also had four grabs against Virginia for 34 yards ... longest catch of the year was 20 yards at Georgia Tech ... played 209 snaps with at least 20 plays in four games ... notched a season-high 49 plays against Northwestern.
2007: Played in all 12 games with three starts as a true freshman ... finished tied for fourth on the team with 15 receptions for 186 yards and one TD ... recorded first collegiate catch at Virginia with a 16-yard grab ... top outing came against Wake Forest with three catches for 49 yards and first career touchdown on a 19-yard pass ... also caught three passes at North Carolina for 32 yards ... posted at least one reception in eight of the 12 games with two or more catches five times ... recorded a total of 341 snaps on the season with 329 on offense and 12 on special teams.
Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman at Austell under Derek Cook ... first team all-county selection as a senior after accounting for 1,168 total yards (652 passing & 516 rushing) and 14 TDs ... earned Athlete of the Year honors from the Cobb County Touchdown Club ... three-time Player of the Week pick in 2006 by the Cobb County Touchdown Club ... as a junior, threw for 416 yards and five TDs and rushed for 375 yards and seven TDs to receive first team all-county accolades ... caught 30 passes for 400 yards and eight TDs during sophomore season ... helped Austell to three-year record of 23-10 with three state playoff berths ... also participated in basketball and track and field ... on the hardwood, has helped team to three consecutive state playoff appearances including a region championship in 2006.
Personal: Son of Kim and John Kelly ... sister, Candyse, played basketball at Gardner-Webb ... brother, John, played football at the University of the South ... born March 12, 1989 ... majoring in Sociology with a minor in African/African American Studies.