By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Reese’s Senior Bowl gave a lot of players a shot at what they can do against the best college Seniors. Utah State’s Jordan Love and UCLA running back Josh Kelley helped the North beat the South 34-17 in Mobile, Alabama.
Love of Bakersfield (Liberty High) started the game and played 12 offensive snaps completed 2 of 4 passes for 15 yards. He skipped the 2nd and 3rd quarters then came back in the fourth and had 15 snaps completing 2 of 2 passes for 11 yards. He also had two carries for seven yards that included a 3 yard-run on fourth and 1. He and his teammates ran 13 plays during the final drive of the game to nail down the victory.
Love had a good week of practice as he was awarded the North squad Offensive Player of the Week at quarterback.
This past season Love completed 293 of 473 passes for 3,402 yards and 20 touchdowns. Enough to earn him All-Mountain West Honorable Mention.
He had a 21-11 record (66 percent) as a starter. With the Utes.
During his career he set school records with 9,003 yards of total offense to go with 12 career passing 300 yards games. He was 2nd in school history with three 400 yard passing games. He finished his career with 8,600 yards passing and 60 touchdowns (also 2nd school history) with 29 interceptions.
Big days in his future include NFL combine Feb 23rd to March 2nd , USU Pro Day March 25th and the NFL draft April 22nd in Las Vegas.
UCLA’s Josh Kelley made the best of his Senior bowl experience rushing for 106 yards in 15 carries including runs of 18 and 29 yards in the first half.
“One thing I thought was great about him is he was really consistent,” said North Head Coach Matt Patricia. “He was the same person everyday single day. When you’re the same we can improve on it. We can learn. We can compete and we can get better.”
After transferring from UC Davis the 5-11 220 pounder had 2,603 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns for the Bruins.
He finished 2nd in the PAC 12 in rush average (94.5) per game. Kelley drew praise from former Bruin and All–Pro Maurice Jones-Drew working for the NFL Network. “The first time he touches the ball he’s able to get a big run” said Jones-Drew. “That’s what you’re looking for explosive runs. Scouts may not have gone to the West Coast to see him.
He’s running hard, he’s breaking tackles, he’s done some great stuff. He’s trying to prove what his worth is.”