Wide receiver B.J. Kelley is enjoying life as a University of Oregon football player — even if it meant hardly playing this season.
Just four games, but that’s OK “as long as the team is doing well,” said the former Central High standout.
The Ducks face Ohio State for the college football national championship Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Oregon will be without No. 2 receiver Darren Carrington, who is ineligible because of a failed NCAA drug test, according to multiple reports.
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Whether Kelley gets some playing time as a receiver is unknown, said Ducks spokesman Dave Williford.
Kelley is not even thinking about that. The redshirt junior just hopes his team can beat the Buckeyes for the school’s first national title.
“We see another great football team,” Kelley said of Ohio State. “Trying to accomplish the same mission we are.”
In two seasons, Kelley has seven receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Those two touchdowns came in 2012 against Cal and Oregon State. Kelley has no receptions this season.
“Been a long journey ... a long time coming,” Kelley said. “Work hard every game to get where we are at.”