Scholar Athlete: Trent Kelley
For junior Trent Kelley, being a center is no easy task, especially when it’s for the Central High football team.
"I just have to think about it every snap and worrying about that and the blocking, it’s just a lot of pressure sometimes," he said.
It’s Trent’s first year snapping the football. He’s a former left tackle who’s now a center. Initially, it was a pretty difficult move, but it’s also one he’s been excelling at.
"He’s a guy that can pick up defenses, he knows football on top of being a smart guy so it’s just an easy transition for him," said Central football coach Jamey DuBose.
Snap after snap, Trent has been helping the Red Devils to a successful 2015 season. They’re a number one seed in the 7A playoffs and are looking to extend their season to December. For Trent, this year has been a special one filled with positive words from his teammates.
"Some of the senior players on the team are just encouraging me to get better everyday," Trent said. "Our senior tackle just always tries to get me better on the field and stuff and always work harder."
That hard work is paying off. Not only is Trent a starter, he’s excelling in academics. He holds a 4.0 GPA, is part of the National Honor Society, most recently scored a 31 on his ACT’s and is currently ranked 4th in his class of 420 students. That’s not all. Last year he was voted the most outstanding student in English. He’s a student athlete with a lot of common sense and the ability to learn fast. According to Coach DuBose, those are key factors when it comes to playing football.
"Once you tell him, once you put it on the board, Trent can pick up things, he can move on with it, he’s a guy that can figure some things out on his own too, just a very intellectual guy."
That intellect will only help Trent after high school as he looks to expand on his love for drawing and study architecture. But hopefully, a strong academic future will also be accompanied by athletics.
"I hope I can make it to play college football one day."