Kelly Wants Bigger Numbers

CLEMSON - First-team All ACC performer Aaron Kelly set single season school records last year for receptions (88) and touchdown catches (11). He told CUTigers.com in a recent interview he wants even more in 2008.

With two first team (Aaron Kelly) and one second-team (Cullen Harper) All-ACC performer returning on offense in 2008, the Clemson Tigers should be in position to have one of the top scoring units in the league once agaon.

Leading the way is rising senior wide receiver Aaron Kelly.

In 13 games last season Kelly exploded on the scene, catching 88 passes fr 1,081 yards and 11 touchdowns. In fact, he was so productive, he contemplated leaving school a year early for the NFL.

CUTigers.com caught up with star wide out after spring practice recently and here's what he had to say:

Aaron what are some of your priorities this spring?
Kelly: Just working on my consistency and helping out everybody else and try to be more of a leader. We all need to step our games up this year and we know that.

Any regrets on deciding to come back for senior year instead of opting for the NFL Draft?
Kelly: No. No second-guessing whatsoever. Once you make a decision like that you don't look back. To me, I made the best decision in coming back. I wanted to finish out my career here and get my degree. That is very important to me.

When you look at the number of key players coming back with this offense this year, it has to excite to you. Do you view this unit as one of the best in the league because of players like you, Cullen Harper, James Davis and C.J. Spiller all coming back?
Kelly: I think so. When you look at skill positions and look the players in the ACC that won different awards we've got a lot of them on our team and a lot are coming back this year. So, we've got probably the best core group of skill players. We've got plenty of work to do though. Everybody does. We've got some good experience coming back this year. I think we should be pretty diverse this year in what we can do because of that.

How tough is it to keep of all of you guys happy considering there may be four or five big playmakers on offense this year?
Kelly: You just have to be unselfish and be willing to work and when you get your opportunity you have to make the most of it because there are a lot of guys that deserve the ball. I think we all know that you have to be productive when you touch the ball so it can keep coming back your way.

You had one of the most productive years at wide receiver in the history of Clemson football last year. Do you think there is any way you can come close to that kind of production in 2008?
Kelly: I hope so. I hope to do better. Right now I'm just keep working hard and getting more consistent. Watching film from last year I know there are a lot of things I can do better and hopefully I will this year.

Has it set in with you that set the single-season records for touchdown catches and receptions last year?
Kelly: Yeah I've thought a lot about it. When I look back I look at the yards and I want to get that. At the beginning of the year you set a lot of goals and last year I achieved all of those. So this year I'm going to set them a little higher and do my best to try and get them.

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