Kelly still practices with the same fire and drive that made him the SEC's best QB in 2015, but he also seems more relaxed and comfortable. He's not as anxious as he was last fall when he was competing to be the Rebels' starting signal-caller.
Kelly's confidence and comfort within Ole Miss' offense certainly comes from a year of experience, but it may also come from the fact that Kelly has some of the most sought after wide receivers to throw to. While he lost top targets Laquon Treadwell and Cody Core to the NFL, Kelly has even more elite offensive weapons to throw to this season. Elite weapons that he believes will challenge Florida State's secondary when the Rebels play the Seminoles on Sept. 5.
"I think our receivers are up to the task of playing man to man," Kelly said. "I think our guys will win that matchup."
Kelly's "guys" includes three true freshmen that are finding ways to make plays amongst a group of talented upperclassmen.
"I think they’re catching onto the offense pretty well," Kelly said. "They’re working hard out here. They have a great attitude and they’re great team players. As long as they keep working hard I think they’ll be really good in the near future."
While Kelly is confident in his offense, he feels there are key areas Ole Miss much improve on before the start of the season.
"We put in a lot of option routes in the past couple of weeks," Kelly said. "We’re kind of just getting more familiar with those and just kind of being on the same page. I think (we also need to work on) deeper passes, more of a drop-back passing game, just seeing things before it happens, kind of setting the protection where we’re covered all over and get the one on one matches that we want."