UVA Football's Reed Kellam 'Honored' to Receive Top Jersey Number Pick
UVa senior linebacker Reed Kellam says he was honored that he was selected by his teammates to receive the first pick in Virginia's annual draft for jersey numbers.
"I think it's the biggest honor anyone can receive in this program,' says Kellam. "It's really peer driven, teammates selecting it so it really meant a lot to me. I've just always been a hard-working guy , not a big talker and really believe in actions over words."
Reed has played in every game the past two seasons on special teams. The Richmond native began his career at UVa as a walk-on.
"Always really had self confidence and believing in myself always," says Kellam. "I thought I was a pretty good high school football player coming out of high school from Richmond. Really always had confidence in believing in myself and just always worked hard."
"The players and the strength coaches have a nickname for Reed," adds head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "They call him one speed Reed. He is always just trying as hard as he can try."
Kellam said he had offers to play football at some FCS schools when he was coming out of high school. He says he chose to walk-on at UVa where his parents both attended. Teammates says Kellam's work ethic symbolizes what the UVa football program is all about.
Mendenhall says, "He is a walk-on player and to get the distinction from a team to be the first selection, that's pretty remarkable and it speaks volumes and he was touched in a way that I think will impact his life forever."