PHILADELPHIA -Freshman Hunter Kelley was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week by the league office on Monday for his punting performance in his first collegiate game. Kelley was a bright spot for the University of Pennsylvania football team in their season opener Saturday despite a last-minute loss at Jacksonville.
Kelley averaged 42.0 yards on six punts and pinned two inside the 20-yard line during Penn's 34-31 defeat. In a driving rainstorm, two of Kelly’s punts went for more than 50 yards, including a career-long 58 yarder. On his first career punt, Kelly turned a bad snap into a Penn fumble recovery. He leaped high to haul in a high snap and got the punt away—which the Quakers recovered on the muffed return. Later, with the game on the line and under three minutes to play, Kelley booted a 52-yarder through the rain to pin Jacksonville on its own 13-yard line.
Dating back to last season, the Quakers have now won two straight Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors as then-freshman quarterback Alek Torgersen claimed the honor for his two-touchdown performance in the 2013 season finale against Cornell.
Kelley is the first Penn punter to earn the league's Rookie of the Week award since Scott Lopano on Oct. 19, 2009. Lopano finished his career as the program's all-time leader in career punts and career punt yards.
Kelley and the Quakerswill take on city rival Villanova in the home opener on Saturday and kick off the 120th season at Franklin Field -- the nation's oldest collegiate football stadium. Game time is set for 3 p.m., and the game can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.