Louisville received its second piece of good news today when, in addition to safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, linebacker Keith Kelsey announced he too will return for his senior season. Kelsey has been a starter for the Louisville defense since early in his freshman season and is consistently one its most productive players. He led the team in solo and total tackles in 2015 with 57 and 107 respectively. He was second on the team in total tackles as a sophomore in 2014 with 87. For his play this season, Kelsey was voted first team All-ACC by ACC media. He was eighth in the conference in tackles this season.
I will be a Louisville cardinal next season!— Double nickel (@D1prospect6) January 6, 2016
Kelsey joins safety Josh Harvey-Clemons in announcing his intention to return for the 2016 season. Louisville had four players file to receive NFL evaluation as underclassmen. In addition to Harvey-Clemons and Kelsey, junior nose tackle DeAngelo Brown and junior OLB/DE Devonte Fields also requested evaluation. Neither Brown nor Fields have officially announced their intentions for 2016 yet, though Todd Grantham stated he believes Fields will return and DeAngelo Brown is still currently enrolled for the upcoming semester according to Steve Jones with the Louisville Courier-Journal.
With Louisville set to return both starting corners, both starting safeties, Kelsey, Trevon Young (if healthy), Keith Brown, James Hearns, early enrollee Chris Williams, a host of young defensive linemen, and virtually everyone that produced anything on offense, if Fields and Brown also return, Louisville should be a preseason top 25 team and considered a contender in the ACC Atlantic (which might be one of the deepest divisions in college football in 2016 since both Clemson and Florida State return tons from two successful teams in 2015 as well).