Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the league's coaches and media members and placed eighth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award which is presented annually to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2012. He concluded the season with a league-leading 108 points and 18 receiving touchdowns. The TD catches are tied for the second-most ever in a single season in SoCon history.
In his senior year, Mellette caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards. He led the SoCon and ranked second nationally in both receptions per game (8.82) and receiving yards per game (127.09) following the regular season. He eclipsed 100 receiving yards in eight of Elon's 11 contests, including matching career-highs with 237 yards and three touchdowns against Appalachian State on Oct. 6. Mellette posted a six-game span in which he caught at least two touchdowns.
Played in 11 games, leading Elon with 113 catches for 1,639 yards and 12 touchdowns, accounting for 40 percent of the Phoenix's receptions for the entire season. Added nine carries for 33 yards. Named the 2011 FCS Wide Receiver Award winner from the College Football Performance Awards. Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the Southern Conference's coaches and media members and finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award in 2011. The Sanford, N.C., native ended the regular season as the FCS leader in both receptions per game (10.27) and receiving yards per game (149.0). His 1,639 receiving yards established a new Elon and SoCon record, surpassing the mark of 1,633 yards set by former Phoenix standout Terrell Hudgins in 2009. Mellette had nine 100-yard receiving games and twice went over 200 yards receiving during his junior campaign. He began the season with an 11-catch, 180-yard performance at Vanderbilt. In a win at North Carolina Central, Mellette caught 16 passes for a career-high 237 yards. In the season finale against Appalachian State, Mellette hauled in 14 balls for 236 yards. He made a SoCon-best 113 catches and led the league with 12 touchdown receptions. He was twice honored as the league's offensive player of the month.
First-team All-SoCon selection by both the media and coaches... Earned second-team All-America honors from The Associated Press and Phil Steele along with a third-team nod from The Sports Network... Led the team with 86 catches, 1,100 receiving yards and 12 touchdown receptions... Ranked third nationally with 7.82 receptions per game and sixth in the nation with 100.0 receiving yards per outing... Posted six 100-plus yard receiving games in 11 outings... Was named the College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver of the Week on Sept. 20 after setting an Elon record with 18 recptions for 195 yards and two touchdowns at then-No. 9 Richmond... Grabbed nine balls for 127 yards and three touchdowns at then-No. 1 Appalachian State... Returned eight kicks for 168 yards, averaging 21.0 yards per return... 2009: Notched time in all 12 games as a red-shirt freshman... Caught eight balls for 117 yards and two touchdowns... His first career reception was a 36-yard touchdown grab in the season-opening win over Davidson... Caught two passes in games against The Citadel, Appalachian State and Samford... 2008: Red-shirted.
Helped coach Bryan Lee's program to a pair of playoff berths, including a second-round appearance in 2007... Hauled in 1,900 receiving yards and 29 scores in his final two prep seasons... Collected 800 yards and five scores in two years as a return specialist... Two-time first-team all-conference pick... Two-time offensive team MVP.
Son of Merle and Beverly Mellette... Born December 28, 1989... Majoring in sport and event management.
- 2013 Elon Pro Day: Aaron Mellette of Elon has workout scheduled with Colts...Representatives from one NFL team gathered at Elon's pro day on March 26, where three players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 45-degree temperatures under sunny skies. Aaron Mellette worked out previously at North Carolina State's pro day on March 20 and before that at the NFL Scouting Combine. Mellette (6-foot-2 7/8, 218) ran the short shuttle in 4.53 seconds at Elon's pro day, and opted to stand on the rest of his combine numbers.
Mellette has a workout scheduled with the Indianapolis Colts on April 10. Elon hasn't had a player drafted since the Jacksonville Jaguars picked defensive back Chad Nkang in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Rich McGeorge, a productive tighe end for the Green Bay Packers in the 1970s and College Football Hall of Famer, was a first-round selection in 1970 out of Elon by Green Bay. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
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