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Colorado’s Kelly Enters NFL Draft

January 7, 2000

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Colorado cornerback and return specialist Ben Kelly is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, the school announced Thursday.

Kelly was first-team All-Big 12 at both defensive back and kick returner. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior averaged 28.1 yards per kickoff return in his three years at Colorado, the second-highest mark in NCAA history among players with 50 or more returns.

``The opportunity to play in the NFL has been a dream of mine since I’ve been a little kid,″ Kelly said. ``I will continue my education at the University of Colorado and I will always consider myself a Buffalo.″

Kelly said he made his decision after receiving favorable feedback from the NFL and after discussions with his family.

Kelly is Colorado’s career leader in kickoff return yardage with 1,798 yards and is tied for sixth in interceptions with 11.

Kelly had seven career kick returns for touchdowns, including an 88-yarder during Colorado’s 62-28 victory over Boston College in the Insight.com Bowl on Dec. 31 and a 100-yard kickoff return against Missouri in October.

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