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Ole Miss Quarterback Chad Kelly will return in 2016

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Chad Kelly enjoyed a banner season in his first at Ole Miss, after leading East Mississippi Community College to the 2014 Junior College National Championship.

"After serious discussion with my family and coach (Hugh) Freeze, I wanted my friends and fans to know that I'll be staying at Ole Miss for my senior year," Kelly said in the statement.  "I realize that there's still a lot of learning and growing that I can do with this team."

Chad is a native of Buffalo, New York and he released the statement through his uncle, Jim Kelly - the 11-year NFL veteran with the Buffalo Bills.  

Kelly added, "We've lost a lot of starters, but we're still deep in talent, and I'm excited to get back to work with Coach Freeze and the rest of the team.  I look forward to completing my degree and graduating from Ole Miss."

In 2015, Kelly passed for 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns and picked up 500 yards rushing, netting 4.7 yards per carry.

Kelly completed 65.1 percent of his passes and led Ole Miss to a 10-win season. He, along with Tim Couch of Kentucky and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M are the only SEC quarterbacks to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a single season.

"I can't wait to see what we can do together in 2016," Kelly said. "Our goal this year is to win the SEC West and compete for a national championship."

Ole Miss has five-star quarterback Shea Patterson of IMG Academy waiting in the wings. He signed his financial aid agreement and is slated to enroll at Ole Miss in the spring semester.

Kelly has the ability to develop into the nation's top quarterback in 2016 and a sure-fire number one draft pick if he stays healthy and keeps his head on straight.

Last January, after leading East Mississippi Community College to the JUCO national title, he enrolled at Ole Miss. He signed with Clemson coming out of high school, but Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney kicked him off the team.

There was some speculation that he would declare for the NFL draft, but decided he would be in his best interest to comeback to Oxford and gain more experience playing in the toughest conference in college football, a move that will help his draft status in 2017.

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