Arkansas lineman Xavier Kelly has caught Barry Odom's eye in camp: 'Really, really excited that we have him'
There has been so much turnover in Fayetteville this offseason, Razorback fans could be forgiven if they lost track of all the movement on The Hill this offseason.
Now that Arkansas is in helmets and pads as they work hard for the upcoming season, it’s easier for the coaching staff to tell which fresh faces are poised to be the biggest additions to the roster this fall.
When asked to discuss senior defensive lineman Xavier Kelly, who transferred to Fayetteville after graduating from Clemson, first-year defensive coordinator Barry Odom praised the Razorback lineman.
“He’s done a nice job. 315-pounds, he’s got good power, plays with leverage and he’s got good quickness,” Odom said of Kelly. “Maybe a little quicker than I thought he would be, just his explosion at the point of attack inside. We’ve been able to move him around a little bit because of his skillset.
“Really, really excited that we have him and he’s going to have to play a lot of really good snaps for us this year.”
While he didn’t factor in much at Clemson, he received just 87 snaps last fall, Kelly was credited with nine tackles and half a sack in the limited action he got for the Tigers.
Arkansas will most certainly be giving Kelly more opportunities this fall and if he manages to capitalize on those snaps, he could prove to be one of the best newcomers on the roster in Fayetteville this season.