Maryland senior safety Chris Kelley, who overcame three serious knee injuries during his career, had his application for a sixth year of eligibility denied by the NCAA, the school said yesterday in a statement.
Kelley, who came to Maryland in 2000 from Seneca Valley high school as a highly-recruited quarterback, missed significant parts of three seasons during his career after suffering three anterior cruciate ligament tears. He was hoping the NCAA might grant him a rare sixth-season.
After switching to defense in 2003, Kelley spent a year on special teams before blossoming into one of Maryland's best players as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.
Maryland is still awaiting news on tight end Rob Abiamiri (Mount St. Joseph), who also petitioned the NCAA for an extra season.