HOOVER, Ala. — Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly stole the spotlight on the fourth and final day of SEC media days Thursday, making a bold statement about his talent and taking a veiled shot at Clemson, his former school.
The SEC’s top returning quarterback was certainly confident, overshadowing Les Miles and Leonard Fournette with his comments during his media session. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise considering his nickname: Swag Kelly.
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When asked whether he was the best quarterback in the SEC, Kelly responded, “I’m the best quarterback in the nation.”
“You have to feel that way,” Kelly told reporters when he was asked follow-up questions. “In order to have confidence in yourself and team, you have to think you’re the best. That’s what I want our whole team — from offensive linemen to running backs — we have to think we’re the best players and the best team out there.
“I want to be remembered as the greatest quarterback that ever played.”
Kelly also took a subtle jab at Clemson — the school where he began his career before he was dismissed from the team — when a reporter asked about playing at LSU for the first time.
“I’m excited to get down there to the real Death Valley to see how loud it is,” Kelly said with a smile. “The real Death Valley with 100,000.”