Caleb Kelly named a Freshman All-American by PFF

NORMAN, Okla. — Pro Football Focus named Sooner linebacker Caleb Kelly to its Freshman All-American Team Monday.

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Wrote PFF’s Steve Palazzolo: “Kelly came on strong down the stretch, keeping the ball in front of him in coverage while finishing with a solid 70.6 grade against the run.”

This season, Kelly has recorded 24 tackles, including two for loss and a sack in 10 games, starting the last five.

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Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops recently praised him last week, saying they’re learning to work their defense around him.

“It helps,” Mike Stoops said. “I think you need to play, you need to be more physical with teams like this. We didn’t—you know, our game plan wasn’t what it needed to be obviously against Ohio State, and we kind of just basically leaned on our best 11 players at that time. And that necessarily isn’t the case when you play a team that physical, and Auburn’s going to present that physicality that you’re going to see from guys like Ohio State.

“So, you know, we’ve learned to play bigger and work our defense around Caleb and what we’ve asked him to do.”

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Kelly was a highly-touted, five-star recruit coming out of Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif.

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