Lafayette, LA (KADN) -- Former Teurlings Catholic quarterback Cole Kelley is back home for the summer and still working hard. The Southeastern Louisiana quarterback is the 2021 Walter Payton award winner. It is given to the best college football player in the football championship subdivision.
" I am blessed to be where I am at," Cole explained. "I have great teammates and great coaches."
Cole's season just ended in April, but he works out at Revive Performance Training in Youngsville with a small group with other college athletes almost every day. He is fired up to get ready for his senior year as a Lion. It was challenging starting over after transferring to Southeastern University from Arkansas.
"Going to a new school coming straight out of high school and then I had to do it all again," Cole said. "Now it is great to come closer to home and be close to my family and friends."
Cole's low point was being booed off the field at Arkansas after a loss in 2018 to North Texas. It motivated him to leave Arkansas and be even better somewhere else.
"It's just like being the head coach if you play quarterback," Cole explained. "If yall winning you get all the glory and if you're losing you get all the hate."
"To get to high points, you have to go through low points," Cole said. "Handling success is a lot harder than handling adversity in my opinion.
Cole has 337 tattooed on his bicep and he's ready to mark on the lions in his final season and push for the NFL.