Named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the conference media.
Team Most Valuable Player - offense ... Academic All-Big Ten ... honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) ... Started all 12 games and played nearly every snap ... helped anchor an offensive line that blocked for a school-record tying five consecutive games with 200 or more yards rushing.
Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 12 games at left tackle.
Appeared in five games as a reserve.
Three-year starter at tight end ... all-area and team captain as senior ... honorable mention all-area his junior year ... coach was Dave Mattio ... also played basketball.
Given name is Dennis Andrew Kelly ... born Jan. 16, 1990 ... organizational leadership and supervision major ... enjoys sports, music and movies ... brother, Tim, played football at Eastern Illinois.
- Dennis Kelly, the 6-8, 333-pound offensive tackle from Purdue who the Eagles selected in the fifth round, was a three-year starter at the Big-10 school, yet wasn't one of the 330-plus prospects invited to the scouting combine in February. Asked how he could have been overlooked, Andy Reid said, "When I put on the tape, I wondered the same thing. (Former Eagles director of player personnel and now Colts general manager) Ryan Grigson was still with us at the time. He had played at Purdue and was a former offensive lineman there. And I'm going, `OK, this is a good football player right here.' It's just one of those things. You see one or two guys a year go through that (not get invited to the combine)." - The Sports Xchange
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