Boys Varsity Football
Columbus North senior Mitchell Kelley has been named one of central Indiana's top football student-athletes by the National Football Foundation's central Indiana chapter.
Kelley, a safety, was one of about 18 players selected to receive an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. He and the other honorees will be recognized at a banquet on April 16 at the Indianapolis Colts Complex.
As a senior, Kelley contributed a team-high 103 tackles, including five tackles for loss and one sack, in a 6-4 season. The 5-11, 185-pound athlete also tied a school season record with four fumble recoveries while adding two interceptions, two hurries, four passes broken up and one forced fumble.
Following the season, Kelley was named the team’s most valuable linebacker/defensive back, first-team all-Conference Indiana, Class 6A first-team Senior All-State by the Indiana Football Coaches Association, Associated Press honorable mention all-state and IFCA all-Region 10.
Academically, Kelley carries a 4.18 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and ranks in the top 5 percent of Columbus North seniors.
Kelley becomes the eighth Columbus North athlete to receive the NFF Central Indiana Scholar-Athlete Award. Previous Bull Dogs so honored were Kyle George in 1996, Patrick Gallagher in 1999, Evan Kleinhenz in 2002, A.D. King in 2004, Eric Bell in 2005, Jake Reed in 2010 and Kyle Kamman in 2012.