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Kelley Rhino
Kelley Rhino

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Smyrna, Ga

High School:
Marist

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 179

Position:
Cornerback



AT TECH: All-ACC return specialist and the leading punt returner in Tech history . . . Set school records with 1,135 punt return yards on 112 returns . . . Both figures rank second in ACC history to Ledel George of NC State (125 returns, 1,191 yards) . . . Had a chance to break George?s record of 1,191 yard but missed his final two games with a sprained foot . . . Broke the Tech record for career punt return yards formerly held by his father, Randy Rhino (749) . . . Over his last two seasons, he returned 93 punts for 962 yards (10.3-yard average) . . . Signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, the same team for which his father played.

2002: Honorable mention all-ACC selection . . . Returned 45 punts with just two fair catches . . . Averaged 9.9 yards per return . . . Named ACC Specialist of the Week after returning eight punts for 80 yards against Florida State . . . His 26-yard return to the NC State 22-yard line set up the winning touchdown in Tech?s 24-17 victory over the 8th-ranked Wolfpack . . . Opened the season by returning five punts for 110 yards, one off his career high of 111 . . . Returned eight punts without a fair catch in Tech?s win over Duke despite a sprained foot that left him barely able to run and caused him to miss the season finale against Georgia and the bowl game . . . Also played as a nickel back early in the season and recorded a sack versus UConn and an interception and four tackles vs. Clemson . . . Started one game on defense as Tech opened the Clemson game in a nickel alignment . . . Named to the ACC All-Academic football team.

2001: First-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a specialist . . . Also named to the ACC All-Academic team . . . Broke the ACC record for punt return yardage in a season with 515 yards . . . Surpassed the former record of 488 by Corey Sawyer of Florida State . . . Also broke the Tech record of 441 that was previously held by his father, Randy Rhino . . . Fourth in the ACC with a 10.7 average on punt returns . . . Had seven kickoff returns for a 21.7-yard average . . . Named ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance in Tech?s win over North Carolina . . . Had 111 yards on four returns against the Tar Heels, including a 50-yarder and a 38-yarder . . . Three of his returns set up Tech scores . . . Made eight tackles on special teams . . . Named Tech?s Outstanding Special Teams Performer.

2000: Led Tech with 10 special teams tackles . . . Took over punt return duties for the second half of the season . . . Averaged 9.1 yards on 19 returns . . . Longest return was a 25-yarder against Clemson that helped set up a field goal late in the first half.

1999: Led the Jackets with 10 special teams tackles in 1999 . . . Also returned three kickoffs for 43 yards against Wake Forest.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned honorable mention SEC Region honors from Prep Star . . . Northside Neighbor Player of the Year as a junior . . . First-team all-DeKalb County as a senior . . . Rushed for 875 yards and caught passes for 150 more as a senior . . . Ran for 851 yards with 200 yards receiving as a junior . . . Team captain for coach Alan Chadwick at Marist School.

PERSONAL: Full name is Kelley Woodward Rhino . . . Parents are Randy and Missy Rhino . . . Born December 15, 1980 . . . Third generation of his family to play football at Georgia Tech . . . . Father is Randy Rhino, Tech?s only three-time first-team all-America as a defensive back from 1972-74 and was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 . . . Grandfather, Chappell, lettered on Tech?s 1950-51-52 teams . . . Uncle Danny lettered in 1974 and started at cornerback in 1975-76 . . . Majoring in Management . . . Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll for 1999-2000 and 2000-01 and the 2001 and 2002 ACC All-Academic football team.

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

2002 PR Yds TD LP Tackles Vandy 5 110 0 48 1 UConn 4 26 0 9 4 Clemson 3 10 0 8 4 BYU 2 24 0 16 0 UNC 3 2 0 2 1 WFU 3 41 0 16 1 Maryland 2 25 0 14 1 Virginia 4 43 0 26 0 NC State 3 49 0 26 0 FSU 8 80 0 18 0 Duke 8 37 0 9 0 Georgia DNP?Injured Fres St. DNP-Injured

2001 PR Yds TD LP KOR Yds TD LP Syracuse 3 46 0 17 0 0 0 0 Citadel 9 74 0 18 2 45 0 28 Navy 1 17 0 17 0 0 0 0 Clemson 3 21 0 15 0 0 0 0 Duke 8 81 0 21 0 0 0 0 Maryland 4 46 0 22 0 0 0 0 NC State 4 50 0 15 0 0 0 0 UNC 4 111 0 50 0 0 0 0 Virginia 3 11 0 11 3 54 0 20 WFU 4 34 0 13 2 53 0 38 Georgia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FSU 4 24 0 8 0 0 0 0 Stan.# 2 5 0 3 0 0 0 0

2000 PR Yds Avg TD LP WFU 1 18 18.0 0 18 Duke 6 67 11.2 0 22 Clemson 5 48 9.6 0 25 Virginia 2 9 4.5 0 6 Maryland 2 13 6.7 0 14 Georgia 3 18 6.0 0 11 LSU# 5 81 16.2 0 33

CAREER STATISTICS

Punt Returns G PR Yds Avg TD LP 1999 11 0 0 0.0 0 0 2000 11 19 173 9.1 0 25 2001 12 48 515 10.7 0 50 2002 11 45 447 9.9 0 48 Total 45 112 1135 10.1 0 50

KO Returns G KR Yds Avg TD LP 1999 11 3 43 14.3 0 18 2000 11 0 0 0.0 0 0 2001 12 7 152 21.7 0 38 2002 11 4 57 14.2 0 22 Total 44 14 252 18.0 0 38

Defense G P-A Tkl TFL Sck FC FR Int PB 1999 11 7-3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2000 11 6-4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2001 12 5-3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 2002 11 9-3 12 1-9 1-9 0 0 1-0 0 Total 44 27-13 40 1-9 1-9 0 0 1-0 0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 4 vs. UConn, 2002; Clemson, 2002 Punt Returns: 9 vs. The Citadel, 2001 (74 yds) Punt Return Yards: 111 vs. North Carolina, 2001 (4 ret.) Long: 50 vs. North Carolina, 2001 Kickoff Returns: 3 vs. Virginia, 2001 (54 yds) Kickoff Return Yards: 54 vs. Virginia, 2001 (3 ret.) Long: 38 vs. Wake Forest, 2001

? Game started # Bowl game statistics from 1999-2001 do not count in season or career totals

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