Kelley Ends Football Career

Texas offensive lineman Paden Kelley announced Friday that he has decided to stop playing football for personal reasons. Kelley was with the Longhorns for three years, including a redshirt year, and had two years of eligibility remaining. He will continue to pursue his degree at UT.

"After talking with my family and the UT staff, I have made the decision to take a step back from football in order to focus on family and other priorities in my life outside of athletics," Kelley said. "I am abundantly thankful to Coach (Mack) Brown, the rest of the coaches and the team for the tremendous opportunity and experiences I've had during my time as a Longhorn, and I look forward to starting a new chapter in my life."

Kelley played in 20 games over the past two years, starting one contest. As a sophomore in 2011, he was a second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree after playing in all 13 games on offense and special teams, helping the offense rank 21st in the nation in rushing offense with 202.6 yards per game. In 2010, Kelley played in seven games, including one start against Oklahoma State.

A local star down the street at Lake Travis High School, Kelley was a two-time all-state performer for the Cavaliers.

"We support Paden in the decision he's made and understand his reasons," head coach Mack Brown said. "We appreciate the efforts he's given in his three years here and wish the best for him in the future."

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