OXFORD – Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the remainder of spring football drills after successful sports hernia surgery last week.
The Ole Miss Spirit first reported the news.
Without complications the injury is not expected to keep the former Red Lion QB out of August practice or the Rebels’ season opener against Florida State in Orlando on Sept. 5.
Ole Miss begins its final week of spring practice today. Workouts conclude Saturday following the Chucky Mullins Courage Award ceremony. There is no spring game because of construction at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the practice fields.
Kelly, nephew of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, broke or tied 14 single-season school records in 2015, his first year as a starter.
He was named second-team All-SEC after leading the conference in passing yards per game (310.9 ypg), total offense (349.4 ypg), passing touchdowns (31) and points responsible for (246).
With Kelly absent, most of the remaining spring snaps will go to true freshman Shea Patterson and redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin, the only other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
Patterson was rated a five-star and the No. 1 quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.
Pellerin was rated the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports in 2015.
QBs DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan would have been juniors this season, but both previously announced plans to leave the program.