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Duncan senior Connor Kelly signed Monday to play football for Southeastern Oklahoma University.
Kelly, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Demons, considered several options before joining his father Kevin’s alma mater. Connor Kelly is also a standout wrestler and hurdler for the Demons.
Kelly said that his father’s connections with Southeastern’s coaches helped, as did their conversations with Jim Holloway, the man who coached Kelly for four years. Kelly will play defensive back at Southeastern.
“It’s pretty cool playing where my Dad played,” Kelly said, “and I figured that football would be the sport that I’d miss the most.”
Kelly added that Southeastern has a good occupational safety and health program. The Duncan senior wants to pursue a career as a safety consultant.
Holloway believes that Kelly’s personality will be his big asset to Southeastern’s football program.
“They just improved their locker room at Southeastern,” Holloway said. “It’s not very often you can sign somebody who has the heart of Connor.”
Holloway said Kelly’s ability to make the players around him better is what makes him a special person. He described the Demon senior as “one of the best leaders I’ve ever coached.”
Kelly enjoyed his time as a three-sport athlete in Duncan. He found that football and wrestling helped him become more aggressive, and that track was a good way to get faster and more explosive.
The Duncan senior believes the Demons will have a strong team in place next year.
“I think they are going to surprise a lot of people,” he said.
Holloway believes Kelly will be just as strong when he takes the field for Southeastern.
“The real winner in this thing is Southeastern Oklahoma University,” he said.