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Colorado State University

Colorado State University

FORT COLLINS, CO. – Colorado State redshirt freshmen Clay Millen and Grady Kelly were named Freshman All-Americans for the 2022 season according to College Football Newsthe organization announced on Tuesday.

Millen and Kelly were strong starters on a young and developing Rams team in 2022, each starting 10 games in their first full season of competition and also appearing on Honorable Mention outlet teams.

In his first season as the Rams’ starting signal-caller, Millen set a program single-season completion percentage record of 72.2 (169-of-234) with an average of 8.2 yards per attempt, the best by a Colorado State quarterback since Patrick O’Brien (8.3) and Colin Hill (8.2) in 2019. In addition, Millen’s 72.2 mark would also set the FBS record for a freshman — surpassing Kedon Slovis’ mark of 71.9 set in 2019 — and is currently the second-highest mark by any Mountain West quarterback in league history.

Kelly appeared in all 12 games for the Rams, tallying 43 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups. He posted Pro Football Focus’ seventh-highest pass rush grade of any freshman defensive end in the country. In conference play, Kelly anchored a defense that allowed the fourth-most rushing yards and second-most yards per game.

Millen is the first freshman quarterback in school history to make an All-American team at any level since Kenny Hyde in 1925, Colorado State’s first All-American. Kelly is the first rookie defensive lineman to earn All-American honors since Matt Rapp in 2005.

The Rams have had a freshman All-American selection every full season since 2019. Millen and Kelly join a teammate Jack Howella 2021 Football Writers Association Freshman All-American in that group.



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