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68 Days to Purdue Football: Dennis Kelly

I promise I wasn't being lazy yesterday. We current have no #69 on the roster, so there was no profile to put up. Being in the middle of summer also means little news as well, short of reporting what Lewis Jackson and John Hart are Tweeting back and forth. The good news on that front is that John turned 21 this weekend, and they are already forming a bond with Terone Johnson and Travis Carroll.

Today we do have another profile, and it is for one of the keys of the 2010 season. Robert Marve, Rob Henry, and Caleb TerBush need someone to protect their blind sides, and Dennis Kelly looks like the man to do it.

Dennis Kelly - Jr.

Hometown: Chicago, IL (Marian Catholic HS)

Offensive Tackle

6'8" 297 pounds

2010 Projection: Starter at Left Tackle

Our two returning starter along the offensive line. One was a four-star recruit (Ken Plue) that was expected to make a difference immediately. The other, in Kelly, was a surprise. He was going to be a greyshirt in 2008, but because of dramatic gain in weight he was put on scholarship at the last minute. Because of injuries he was thrust into the starting lineup as a true freshman, playing the final five games. He has since nailed down the left tackle position, starting all 12 games last year and giving us valuable experience at the most important position along the line.

What is makes things even more shocking is that he was primarily a tight end and basketball player in high school. His high school has made him the focal point of its football page. His success in learning a new position quickly comes from being a smart player. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection last season majoring in organizational leadership and supervision (or as Mrs. T-Mill calls it, football coaching). He is also well loved by his home church back in Chicago.

From what I was able to find Kelly's biggest talent is his leadership. He was a major leader for Marian Catholic both in football and basketball. He will be asked to continue that this year. He's not afraid of facing long odds, as he nearly lead Marian Catholic to a state tournament upset of Homewood-Flossmoor during his senior year of basketball. H-F was 26-1 and nationally ranked at the time, but Kelly's effort nearly led to a major upset.

Boilermakings Note:

Sources: Celtics targeting Miller - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Looks like Brad Miller might be on the move to Boston. not bad for a guy who went undrafted and earned his way into the league via the 10-day contract.