Lane Kelly was a fixture on the Nebraska special teams each of the past four seasons. The 6-4, 270-pound Kelly served as Nebraska’s long snapper since arriving on campus in 2003, but was limited during the 2006 campaign because of a leg injury. Kelly missed much of the middle part of his senior year, but returned to handle short snapping duties in the final three games of his senior season.
Kelly finished 2006 by playing in 10 games, missing contests against Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Texas A&M. Kelly helped Nebraska rank 24th nationally in net punting in 2006, while assisting a successful PAT and field goal unit.
The solid snapping by Kelly helped Congdon connect on 19-of-23 field goals, and 31-of-32 PAT attempts. Congdon’s 19 field goals established a new Nebraska single- season record. In the punting department, Nebraska finished second nationally in net punting, averaging 39.85 yards per attempt.
2004 (Sophomore)Kelly was Nebraska's long snapper for the second straight year. The execution between Kelly and Koch helped Nebraska rank 16th nationally in net punting. The Huskers also connected on 6-of-12 field-goal attempts and 34-of-35 extra-point tries. Kelly also made four tackles on the punt coverage team, including unassisted stops against Missouri and Iowa State.
2003 (Freshman)Kelly was the only walk-on freshman who was part of Nebraska's 105-man fall camp roster. He won the short snapping job immediately and by mid-season handled the punt chores. His efforts were a key part of the success of freshman place-kicker David Dyches, who connected on 14-of-21 field goal attempts and all 32 of his extra points. Kelly's efforts helped Nebraska to a 40.1-yard net punting average, tops in the Big 12 and ninth nationally. Kelly made an unassisted tackle on a punt return at Missouri.
Before Nebraska (Creighton Prep HS)Kelly came to Nebraska from the tradition-rich football program at Omaha Creighton Prep where he played tight end and defensive end in addition to handling the Junior Jays' snapping chores.
A four-year letterman, Kelly earned All-Metro honors from the Omaha World-Herald as a senior for his play at tight end. Kelly helped the Junior Jays to a state title in his freshman season, was part of a runner-up team as a sophomore and played on state semifinal teams his final two seasons. Kelly also earned three letters in basketball and helped Prep to the state tournament in his junior season.
PersonalKelly is the son of Doug and Kristi Kelly and was born on April 12, 1984. Kelly is majoring in criminal justice and was a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2004. He is on track to graduate in May of 2007.