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#57 Chad Kelsay
Position: Rush End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 250
Year: Senior
City/State: Auburn, Neb.
High School: Auburn

         Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers (Seventh Round)

         1998 GTE/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American

         1998 Co-Captain

         1997 Second-Team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American

         Two-Time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (1997, 1998)

         Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (1996, 1997, 1998)

         1998 First-Time All-Big 12 (Kansas City Star)

         1998 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, AP, Austin AS)

         Career-high 11 tackles at Texas A&M, 10/10/98

         1998 Nebraska Lifter of the Year

 

1998 (Senior)

Both Kelsay and Mike Rucker the gave Nebraska the best pair ofrush ends in the country, even without Wistrom. Kelsay was a Nebraska Lifter-of-the-Year finalist in 1997 and 1998, winning the award in 1998. A two-time academic all-conference winner, Kelsay contended for All-America honors in 1998.

 

1997 (Junior)
Kelsay finished as Nebraska's 10th-leading tackler, playing in every game and starting all but the first and the last two. He and Mike Rucker combined at left rush, opposite Lombardi winner Grant Winstrom. Kelsay had 34 stops in 1997 (13 solo), three sacks for 29 yards lost, seven tackles for 40 yards lost, one fumble recovery and a five-yard return (vs. Iowa State) and two forced fumbles (vs. Baylor and Iowa State). He also had 14 quarterback hurries to rank fourth on the team. Kelsay had a seven-yard sack against Washington, a 13-yarder vs. Iowa State and a nine-yard in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Texas A&M. He had a season-best four tackles five times, including each of the first three games. Kelsay had one assisted tackle in the Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee.

 

1996 (Sophomore)
Kelsay served as All-American Jard Tomich's backup at left rush end. Kelsay played in every game except Iowa State, which he sat out with a knee strain. He recorded 23 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He had three tackles for 15 yards lost, 2.5 sacks for 15 yards lost (1-5 vs. Michigan State, 1-7 vs. Arizona State, and 0.5-3 vs. Baylor) one fumble recovered (vs. Oklahoma) and one forced fumble. Kelsay had a season-best four tackles at Arizona State. In the 1996 Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech, Kelsay had one tackle, which was for a one-yard loss.


1995 (Freshman)

Kelsay was one of three scholorship freshman from the 1995 class who contributed immeddiatley to the Huskers' perfect season. Kelsay played in all 12 games and recorded 20 tackles, including three for 13 yards in losses. He broke up three passes, including a shovel pass against Missouri, which teammate and fellow rush end Luther Hardin intercepted and ran in for a three-yard TD. He also had a career-high two sacks against the Tigers. Kelsay had a season-best five tackles agianst Michigan State. Kelsay had one QB hurry in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

 

Before Nebraska (Auburn High School)
Kelsay was a Bluechip Illustrated All-America linebacker and also played tailback at Auburn High. Kelsay was named a first-team All-Nebraska linebacker by the Omaha World Herald and a fist-team Super-State linebacker by the Lincoln Journal Star after makingg 100 tackles as a senior. Kelsay made 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage, had one fumble recovery, four fumbles caused, one blocked punt and three interceptions. He also rushed for 931 yards adn 13 TDs and caught 14 passes for 235 yards and four TDs from the from the tailback spot as a senior. His best game was 230 yards rushing vs. Plattsmouth. Kelsay also handled PATs and kicked two 43-yard field goals in 1994. Kelsay finished fifth in the Class C triple jump in 1994, played forward for his basketball team (averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds) and was a member of the National Honor Society posting a 4.0 GPA. Just the second Division I scholorship player to com eout of Auburn, Kelsay followed All-Big Six FB Dick Hutton (1946-48) to Nebraska.

 

Personal
The son of Steve and Jackie Kelsay, Chad was born April 9, 1977, in Auburn, NE. He graduated in May of 1999 with a degree in finance. His younger brother Chris joined the team as a scholorship freshman in 1999.Kelsay was a volunteer speaker with the Lincoln Public Schools and volunteers at the Peoples City Mission. He assists with American Education Week and National Student-Athlete Day. He was a Dedicated to Excellence Speaker and was named to the 1998 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

Kelsay's Career Statistics

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

1995

11/0

13

7

20

3-13

2-12

0-0

0

3

0

5

0

1996

11/0

10

13

23

3-15

2.5-15

1-1

0

0

0

6

2

1997

12/10

13

21

34

7-40

3-29

2-1

0

0

0

14

0

1998

12/12

33

39

72

14-52

5-39

2-1

0

4

1

13

0

Totals

46/22

69

80

149

27-120

12.5-95

5-3

0

7

1

38

2

 

 

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