Cole Kelley will be entering enemy territory Saturday night.
The three-star quarterback and Arkansas commit from Lafayette (La.) Teurlings Catholic will be at the Razorbacks’ game against No. 9 LSU in Baton Rouge.
“I think it should be a fun game to watch,” Kelley said. “Arkansas is starting to click, so it should be fun.”
Making things more interesting, he won’t even be in the safety of the Arkansas seating section.
“I’m wearing an Arkansas shirt, but I got a ticket from one of my friends, so I’ll be sitting in the middle of a bunch of LSU fan,” Kelley said.
LSU fans are notorious for their interactions with opposing fans, but Kelley is no stranger to visiting Tiger Stadium wearing the other team’s colors: Kelley’s brother, a former linebacker at Louisiana-Lafayette, played against the Tigers in 2009.
Of course, being 6-foot-7 and 246 pounds doesn’t hurt, either.
“I don’t think they’ll mess with me,” Kelley said. “I’m ready. My brother played against them when he played his college ball, so I’m used to it.”
While he may have to deal with rowdy LSU fans, Kelley is excited to watch the Razorbacks in person, especially now that their offense is doing what he has known they’re capable of all season.
Arkansas has scored at least 50 points in three straight games for the first time in 99 years and seemingly scored at will against Ole Miss.
“It reminded me of my high school team; the only time they really don’t score is when they do it to themselves,” Kelley said. “Now they’re starting to put it all together and score touchdowns.”
Kelley’s high school team has also experienced the same injury bug as the Razorbacks.
Before the season, Teurlings Catholic had to replace its top wide receiver, running back and tight end, which all graduated. Then, two of the Rebels’ top receivers went down with injuries during the first part of the season.
“It’s been tough, honestly, throughout this whole year because as soon as I started getting used to my top receiver, they got injured,” Kelley said. “I had to get used to the backup receivers, too.
“We’re finally starting to click and we got both of those receivers back and we’re starting to click better on offense.”
Despite the injuries, Kelley led Teurlings to an 8-3 record and a spot in the playoffs. The Rebels host St. Michael the Archangel of Baton Rouge.
“It’s the last go around, so we’ll see what we can do,” Kelley said. “Hopefully we make it all the way and win it all.”