3 Ryan Kelley
3 Ryan Kelley
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Serra HS
Previous College: College of San Mateo/Montana State
Position: DB
Experience: 1L*

2008: Listed as a backup at field cornerback on EWU's preseason depth chart. Just prior to spring practice, Kelley spent a week in the hospital battling for his life with a bout of bacterial meningitis. He lost 12 pounds after overcoming the sometimes-deadly disease that put him in critical condition in an intensive care unit, as well as an induced coma, in late March. Kelley returned to practice during EWU's final week of spring drills, but only because weather delays and postponements forced the Eagles to practice the week after the Red-White Spring Game. He still has some lingering hearing loss in his left ear, and likened it to a constant bell ringing.

2007: Started Eastern's last five games of the season at cornerback after coming off the bench in Eastern's first eight. He had an interception against Brigham Young (10/20/07), followed that with a season-high nine tackles against Sacramento State (10/27/07), then capped the three-week stretch with another pick versus Northern Colorado (11/3/07). Kelley attended EWU for the first time in fall 2007.

JC/MSU: He played his sophomore season as a cornerback at College of San Mateo in California in 2006, after spending two years at Montana State. He redshirted at MSU in fall 2004 and then played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 2005 at MSU.

HS: Graduated from Serra HS in 2004. He was a running back in high school before moving to cornerback in college. He rushed for 2,000 yards as a junior and 1,800 as a senior to earn All-America accolades from Prep Star Magazine. He earned all-league honors twice.

Personal: Born 3/14/86 in Los Angeles, Calif. Interdisciplinary studies major.

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