For the first time since the announcement of Caleb Kelly’s injury Lincoln Riley met with the media to discuss the impact it has on the program.
“We’ll have to see—it’s not a minor injury,” Riley said to the media on Tuesday night. “The positive is he’s a tremendous worker, he’s going to do everything right—he’s a fast healer. You’ve obviously got a lot of opportunities with it happening this early.”
While the exact nature of Kelley’s injury has yet to be confirmed, we do know that it is a leg injury and will require surgery. There’s no timetable for Kelly’s return and Riley may have hinted at a redshirt season that would bring him back in 2020.
“He’s the right kind of guy to get through this and handle it the right way. Hate it for him—it’s the hardest part about this game but thankfully he’s got that redshirt year and he’s in a great frame of mind.”Lincoln Riley on Caleb Kelly’s injury
New linebackers coach Brian Odom also chimed in on the situation, saying, “You hate it for the individual because not only is he a great player here—and has been a great player here — but also he’s such a great person.”
“We all look at it as an opportunity rather than a setback,” Odom added. “For some way, shape or form it will work out in a good way for Caleb. In some way, shape or form it’s going to work out for our room.”
Kelly is coming off a 2018 season that saw him record career highs in total tackles (61), tackles for loss (4.5), and sacks (3). For his career he has recorded 153 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks.