Kelley decides to stop playing football
Texas junior OT Paden Kelley has decided to stop playing football for personal reasons.
Austin -- Texas junior OT Paden Kelley has decided to stop playing football for personal reasons, he confirmed Friday. He was a member of the Longhorns for three seasons and will continue to pursue his degree at UT.
"After talking with my family and the UT staff, I have made the decision to take a step back from football in order to focus on family and other priorities in my life outside of athletics," Kelley said. "I am abundantly thankful to Coach (Mack) Brown, the rest of the coaches and the team for the tremendous opportunity and experiences I've had during my time as a Longhorn, and I look forward to starting a new chapter in my life."
Kelley played in 20 games over the past two seasons, including one start. As a sophomore in 2011, he was a second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree after playing in all 13 games on offense and special teams, helping the offense rank 21st in the nation in rushing offense with 202.6 yards per game. In 2010, Kelley played in seven games as a redshirt freshman, including one start against Oklahoma State. A native of Austin, Kelley was a two-time all-state prep performer at Lake Travis High School.
"We support Paden in the decision he's made and understand his reasons," head coach Mack Brown said. "We appreciate the efforts he's given in his three years here and wish the best for him in the future."