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Kelly Selected BSC Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year

July 16, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Graduated senior standout football player Pat Kelly has been selected the 2012-13 Big South Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award was announced by the conference office earlier today and voted on by the league's Sports Information Directors.

Kelly, who graduated in May with an unblemished 4.00 cumulative grade-point average, is the second male student-athlete in Liberty Athletics' history to garner the award. Cross country standout Bruce Kite was awarded the same honor following the 2000-01 academic year.

The exercise science major finished first in the voting with 42 points, followed by High Point men's soccer player Shawn Sloan (38 points) and Coastal Carolina baseball player Justin Creel (28 points). Radford's women's soccer player Megan Rhodes was awarded the Big South Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

This honor caps off a stellar athletic and academic year for the wide receiver. Kelly also received the Big South's Christenberry Award and was named the Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

On the national level, Kelly was one of two FCS recipients of the 12th Annual KP Sports Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. This honor included a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.

In December, Kelly was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® Football Division I first-team for the second year in a row. He was the 18th Division I student-athlete in athletics department history to be named to the top academic team in the country and the sixth to be named to multiple CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams.

On the field, Kelly led all Big South receivers and ranked No. 11 in the country in receptions per game (7.27). He finished the 2012 season with 80 receptions, falling one short of tying the program's single-season record held by Pat Nelson (81, 1991).

Kelly set a program and Big South single-game record during the 2012 season, finishing the Coastal Carolina game on Oct. 27 with 16 receptions.

Kelly finished his career with 2,107 receiving yards, making him the fourth player in program history and seventh in Big South history to eclipse the 2,000-yard career receiving mark.