Todd Kelly Jr. isn't holding mounting losses against Tennessee's coaches.
"Living in Knoxville, I hear lots of chatter about what actions the football program should take," the junior safety prospect from Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb said. "I believe that they need some players to step up as leaders not only to create better team chemistry but to also keep everybody focused on winning ball games."
Kelly Jr. was at the Tennessee-Alabama game last weekend in Neyland Stadium. The Vols lost 44-13 and dropped to 3-4 and 0-4 in the SEC. Third-year head coach Derek Dooley's job security has been a frequent topic of conversation on local talk shows.
Kelly Jr. is also considering Alabama, where his sister is a sophomore cheerleader. Last Saturday afforded him the opportunity to see two of his main suitors in action.
"Tough loss," said Kelly Jr., whose father, Todd Kelly, was a standout defensive lineman for the Vols in the early 1990's. "Bama was the better team out there, but the Vols never gave up."
Kelly Jr., who is up to 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, has three interceptions on defense and 20 touchdowns on offense this season.