The skinny on Chris Kelsay

Has good athleticism with above average speed, quickness, body control and change of direction agility for his position…Has explosive acceleration off the snap… Plays with proper knee bend and leverage, flashing the ability to jolt the offensive linemen coming on the pass rush…Shows good hand usage to keep blockers off him while maintaining separation… Aggressive hitter who will square up and wrap...<BR><BR>

Positives…Has good athleticism with above average speed, quickness, body control and change of direction agility for his position…Has explosive acceleration off the snap… Plays with proper knee bend and leverage, flashing the ability to jolt the offensive linemen coming on the pass rush…Will flatten and squeeze vs. down blocks and fights pressure well on reach blocks…Shows good hand usage to keep blockers off him while maintaining separation…Aggressive hitter who will square up and wrap, bringing his hips properly to drive behind his hits…Consistently finds ways to bring the ball carriers down…Plays on his feet, using his hands effectively to protect his legs vs. low blocks…Has good back side chase quickness and a solid burst to get to the passer…Flips his hips properly and shows good rip-&-swim moves when bending the corner…Plays with all-out determination and effort…Displays good take-off quickness generating the pass rush…Adequate dropping off in pass coverage and will come off in a two-point stance in blitzing situations.

Negatives…Lacks the top-end speed to consistently beat blockers around the corner…Has very good pass rush instincts, but lacks the power to hold ground vs. run blocks directed right at him…Lets the blockers get into his chest too much when trying to move through the pile…Does not do an effective job handling low trash, struggling with agility to keep his feet moving when redirecting inside…Has good hand usage, except when engaging blockers (can't free up as he allows blockers to lock on to him)…Does not have the leg drive to take on pulling offensive guards on the traps…Does a nice job of chasing doewn the ball when left unblocked on the back side, but when he has to defeat a blocker, he will generally lose that battle.

CAREER NOTES

Excellent athlete who holds the Nebraska position record in the pro-agility run (3.90) and 10-yard dash (1.63)…A consummate team player, he also garnered post-season honors for his performance in the class room (3.589 grade point average)…Recorded 135 tackles (61 solos) with 13 sacks for minus 80 yards, 33 stops for losses of 124 yards, 43 quarterback pressures, nine pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 43 games.

2002 SEASON

National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete ($18,000 postgraduate scholarship recipient)…Earned Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors for the third-straight year…All-Big Twelve Conference second-team selection by the Kansas City Star…Recipient of the school's Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Award…Team captain.

Started the first six and final three games at right defensive end…Recorded 38 tackles (17 solos) with seven sacks for minus 49 yards, 13 stops for losses of 58 yards and 18 quarterback pressures…Deflected three passes.

Arizona State…Opened the season with 4 pressures and 1.5 sacks for minus 17 yards.

Troy State…Made a pair of tackles with a stop for a 3-yard loss, 2 pressures and a pass deflection.

Utah State…Added 2 solo tackles, 2 sacks for minus 13 yards and a pair of pressures.

Penn State…Posted 3 tackles with an 8-yard sack and 4 pressures.

Iowa State…Registered 7 tackles with 3 stops for losses of 5 yards and 2 pressures.

McNeese State…Suffered a right hamstring pull that would sideline him for the Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas and Kansas contests.

Kansas State…Returned to action with a season-high 11 tackles (5 solos), a 2-yard sack and a pass deflection.

Colorado…Totaled 4 tackles with 3 pressures.

Mississippi (Independence Bowl)…Sacked QB Eli Manning 1.5 times for minus 9 yards and made 3 stops behind the line of scrimmage with 6 tackles (3 solos).

2001 SEASON

Football News All-American second-team choice…Consensus All-Big Twelve Conference second-team pick, adding first-team honors from the Kansas City Star…Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII and Academic All-Big Twelve selection…Member of the Big Twelve's Academic Honor Roll…Started every game at right defensive end, recording a career-high 52 tackles (27 solos) with five stops for minus 24 yards and 17 stops for losses of 58 yards…Had 12 quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a pass break-up.

Texas Christian…Caused a fumble and had 5 hits with 2 stops for losses.

Troy State…Added a 5-yard sack, 4 tackles and 2 stops for minus 6 yards.

Iowa State…Totaled 4 tackles with 3 stops for losses of 12 yards, including a 6-yard sack of QB Seneca Wallace.

Baylor…Collected 5 tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss.

Texas Tech…Sacked QB Kliff Kingsbury for minus 8 yards and had a pair of pressures with 3 tackles.

Oklahoma…Registered 4 pressures, a season-high 8 tackles and a stop for a loss.

Kansas…Had another 8 hits, including a pair of sacks for minus 5 yards, a pressure and 5 stops for losses of 21 yards.

Colorado…Posted 6 tackles and a pressure.

Miami (Rose Bowl)…Tackled tailback Clinton Portis twice for losses of 4 yards and came up with 4 hits.

2000 SEASON

Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII, Academic All-Big Twelve and member of the Big Twelve's Academic Honor Roll…Played in eleven games, starting the final seven contests at left defensive end…Recorded 29 tackles (9 solos) with an assisted sack and two stops for losses of 5 yards…Caused a fumble and deflected four passes…Added nine quarter-back pressures.

Iowa…Had an assisted sack for a 4-yard loss and 3 tackles.

Missouri…Made 4 tackles (3 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage, a forced fumble and a pass deflection.

Iowa State and Kansas…Credited with 4 tackles in each game.

Colorado…Collected 5 tackles and a pair of pressures.

Northwestern (Alamo Bowl)…Delivered 3 tackles, a pressure, a 9-yard sack and 2 stops for losses of 10 yards.

1999 SEASON

Played in eleven games, making 16 tackles (8 solos) with an assisted sack for minus 3 yards, four quarterback pressures and a pass deflection. Missouri…Had a season-high 4 tackles.

Oklahoma State…In his first career start, he was in on 3 tackles and assisted on a 3-yard sack.

Texas A&M…Did not play (groin pull).

Tennessee (Fiesta Bowl)…Added an assisted tackle.

INJURY REPORT

Sat out the 1999 Texas A&M game with a groin pull…Suffered a pulled right hamstring in the 2002 McNeese State game, sitting out vs. Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas and Kansas.

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