Entering his third year at the helm of the program, head coach Curtis Johnson previews the 2014 season
Green Wave become bowl eligible for first time since 2002; improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in C-USA
Green Wave score 17-straight second-half points to improve to 2-1 on the young season
Ryan Grant posts career highs with 14 catches for 187 yards; Nick Montana tosses three scoring strikes
Green Wave defense forces six turnovers, Orleans Darkwa runs for 50 yards and two scores in the win
Tulane vs. UTEP - Nov. 23, 2013 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Tulane vs. Tulsa - Oct. 26, 2013 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Tulane vs. UAB on Oct. 27, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Career Notes: Three-year letterman has rushed 253 times for 1,038 yards (4.1 avg) and five touchdowns, caught 80 passes for 694 yards (8.7 avg) and five scores, returned 67 kickoffs for 1,370 yards (20.4 avg) and posted nine tackles (6 solo, 3 assists)…played in 38 games with six starts…is expected to once again battle for time in the backfield at both the tailback and fullback positions.
2014: Did not play as a senior and redshirted the season.
2013: Played in all 13 games with two starts at fullback as a junior...finished second on the team in rushing attempts (98), rushing yards (420) and rushing touchdowns (3), third in all-purpose yards (596), fourth in receptions (18), receiving yards (176) and yards of total offense (420), tied for fourth in touchdown catches (1) and fifth in points scored (24)...ranked 23rd in Conference USA in rushing yards per game (32.7)...scored twice with an eight-yard run and a 17-yard catch vs UTEP (11/23) while finishing with 15 rushing yards on six carries and 54 receiving yards on three receptions...posted a season-high 110 all-purpose yards after rushing for a season-best 87 yards on nine carries while snaring three passes for 23 yards at Louisiana Tech (9/12)...added three-catch outings for 27 yards vs South Alabama (9/7) and for 13 yards at UTSA (11/9)...ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries at ULM (9/28)...had a career-long 45-yard touchdown run while finishing with 56 yards on seven carries at Syracuse (9/21)...ran 14 times for 50 yards and caught a one-yard pass against Tulsa (10/26)...hauled in a season-long 28-yard pass vs Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (12/21).
2012: Saw action in all 12 games with four starts as a sophomore...led the team in rushing yards (286) while sitting tied for first in rushing attempts (81), second in receptions (46) and all-purpose yards (691), third in yards of total offense (286), fourth in receiving yards (340), touchdown grabs (4), kickoff returns (3) and kick return yardage (65), and fifth in points scored (24)...finished 20th in Conference USA in receptions per game (3.83)...posted a season-high 125 all-purpose yards vs UAB (10/27) after running eight times for a season-best 59 yards and recording career highs with nine receptions for 66 yards...tallied 112 all-purpose yards vs Rutgers (9/1) after running for 10 yards, catching seven passes for 37 yards and a touchdown, and returning three kickoff for 65 yards...snared four passes for 64 yards - including a career-long 31-yarder - and a pair of scores vs SMU (10/13)...also had a touchdown among eight catches for 49 yards vs Rice (11/3).
2011: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman...led the team in all-purpose yards (1815), kick returns (64) and kick return yardage (1305) while ranking second in rushing attempts (74) and rushing yards (332), tied for second in rushing touchdowns (2), third in yards of total offense (332) and sixth in both receptions (16) and receiving yards (178)...set Tulane single-season records in kick returns and return yardage while all-purpose yardage total ranks third...finished second in Conference USA in all-purpose yards per game (139.6), fifth in kick return yards per game (20.4) and 14th in kickoff return average (20.39)...ranked second nationally in kickoff returns and 28th in all-purpose yards per game...surpassed 100 all-purpose-yard mark 10 times, including a career-best 228 vs Houston (11/10) when he ran seven times for 40 yards, caught three passes for 32 yards and returned a school single-game record nine kickoffs for 168 yards...named C-USA and Louisiana Special Teams Players of the Week after setting a Tulane record with 213 yards on seven kickoff returns (30.4 avg.), including 66-yarder, vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3)...posted career highs with 16 carries for 92 yards with a long of 24 at Hawai'i (11/26)...caught a season-best four passes for 31 yards at SMU (11/5)...tallied a career-best 47 receiving yards on a pair of grabs at Duke (9/24).
High School: Two-year letterman at O. Perry Walker for coach Emanuel Powell...rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com while garnering two-star recognition from Scout.com and ESPN.com...earned a scout grade of 73 and tabbed the No. 153 running back in the nation by ESPN.com while sitting 178th nationally at his position according to Scout.com...for his career, ran 404 times for 2,347 yards (5.8 avg.) and 25 touchdowns, hauled in 28 passes for 242 yards (8.6 avg.) and three touchdowns, and scored four two-point conversions...named first-team All-District 10-4A as a junior and senior...as a senior, named honorable-mention all-state and first-team all-metro after running for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns and catching 10 passes for 86 yards (8.6 avg.) and two scores despite being plagued by a back injury throughout the season...selected to play in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classic...ran for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns while catching 18 passes for 156 yards (8.7 avg.) and a score as a junior en route to earning first-team all-state honors.
Personal: Born Robert John Kelley on Oct. 3, 1992, in New Orleans, La...son of Robert Thompson and Darriel Kelley...has one brother, Fred, and four sisters: Johnqul, Kevijon, Yonnie and Nigal...majoring in homeland security.
Kelley's Career Offensive Statistics