Todd Kelly Jr. embracing role as veteran for Vols

UT's Todd Kelly Jr. (6) intercepts the ball intended for Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook (11) during the first half of play Saturday. The Volunteers played the Sooner's at home on September 12, 2015 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
photo Tennessee safety Todd Kelly Jr. said the leadership example provided to him by older players in the past is helping him as he tries to be a role model for younger Vols this spring.

KNOXVILLE - There are two pairs of big shoes to fill in Tennessee's secondary, and Todd Kelly Jr. believes he's capable of fitting into one of them.

That's as both a playmaker and a leader.

For the first two years of his college football career, Kelly looked up to fellow safeties LaDarrell McNeil and Brian Randolph, and this spring the Knoxville Webb graduate is embracing his turn as a veteran for the Volunteers.

"I looked up to both of those guys as an example," Kelly said after Tennessee's practice Saturday in Neyland Stadium, "and now that I'm a veteran, I hope the young guys do the same with me."