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Faces in KS: Dalton Kellum

Dalton Kellum is looking for another big year for Perry Lecompton. (photo: Paulette Ogilvie)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 25, 2018

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Dalton Kellum is one of the top returning all-purpose players in the smaller classifications of Kansas for 2018. The senior quarterback/running back is primed for a big senior season.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, had a huge year as a junior last fall as he accumulated 1,555 rushing yards and 1,295 passing yards with 26 total touchdowns. As a sophomore he had 482 yards on kick returns and another 149 on punt returns. There’s isn’t much he can’t do.

“I am a dual-threat player so it can become hard to defend. I also feel I play with a great mentality, speed and quickness.” Kellum said.

That he does as he features a handheld 40-time of 4.55 seconds. He’s also very strong in the weight room for his size. Featuring a 255 bench, 375 squat and a 275 clean. He’s also a state qualifier in track and field, registering a best 10.9 in the 100-meter dash last season.

Kellum earned honorable mention 3A all-state last last year as an all-purpose player. He was also a first team selection from Kpreps and was the Lawrence Journal World Athlete of the Year Finalist.

Football runs in the Kellum family. His brother, Luke, played at the University of Wyoming as a defensive back after an all-state career at Perry-Lecompton. His uncle, Marv Kellum, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1973-1975. His other older brother, Cole, currently plays for Saint Mary and his dad also played college football. 

Dalton is also a model student with a cumulative GPA of 4.1 with his favorite subject being math.

“I like to stay focused in school and turn stuff in on time. I am always helping anyone who struggles in school. My favorite subject is Math.” Kellum said.

Perry-Lecompton, led by head coach Mike Paramore, finished 7-4 last season but returns six on offense and seven on defense along with 18 lettermen. The 3A Kaws open up the 2018 season next Friday with a matchup against Royal Valley on the road. Perry-Lecompton plays in the battle tested Big 7 League that features the likes of Holton, Nemaha Central and defending 3A champion Sabetha.

Kellum will look to lead his squad to another winning season but first we caught up with him in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.

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This feature is presented by Oakley Creek Catering in Lecompton, Kansas. Proud to support Dalton Kellum and the Perry Lecompton Kaws. 

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Q&A w/ Kellum

How did you get involved in football?

My uncle played with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventies. My dad played college ball and my brother played at University of Wyoming and my other one is playing at the University of Saint Mary

What are your goals this season?

To win the state title and put up big stats in passing and running. Impress colleges in both academics and sports while being a positive leader for the football team at PLHS.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

I believe we do if everyone stays healthy.

What makes you such a force as a player?

I play with a great mentality, speed and quickness. My vision is another skill that I have because if there isn’t an open player to pass to, I tuck the ball down and run for big plays. A dual threat player being able to pass the ball and run is hard to defend against.

What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?

Even with a small town almost everyone in town shows up to support us and its pretty special. Having games on those Friday nights almost feels like we are one great big family. Our football family puts a show on to make everyone proud of us and that’s why its special to all of us.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

We put on a great game and play tough through the whole game. Lots of big plays and long runs as well.

Who are other key players on your team?

I want to say all eleven people on the field are key players because we count on each other to do the assignments that are given to us whether it is to block, fill the whole, or cover a man on defense. 

Favorite thing about football?

Scoring touchdowns and playing as a team. Along with that I love the physicality in the sport as well. I get to play with all of my friends who enjoy this sport as well. Playing football has taught me how to be a leader in tough situations on and off the field as well.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that?

Track and Field, I run in the shorter sprints and have qualified for state track in the 100 (PR 10.9), 4x1, 4x4 and have received 4 state metals from freshman year and up.

What is it like to play for your coach?

Mike Paramore is very intense and is a great motivator. He means a lot to me because he puts us through challenges that makes not only me, but everyone else better. He’s a great man outside of football as well. He helps out during track season and is a great role model for everyone.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better and plans to get better this summer?

Most of the other guys do sports throughout the year and the others including me in the winter time stay after school and lift and run. Most of us already have a weight lifting class but putting in extra work is what we do.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I want to go on and play college ball hopefully DII and up. I believe I have the ability to do so because I push through all the tough challenges put in front of me. I have not yet decided on where I want to go but I want to pursue a career in aerospace engineering.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

I like to stay active on my own time whether its running and lifting or just going out and playing a pickup game of basketball with friends.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully my aerospace engineering degree lands me a good job. Whether I end up in the NFL or not, I will always have an intense passion for the game of football and will more then likely be a coach in some way.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

My favorite subject is Math and I like to stay focused throughout school and get stuff done well and turned in on time. My cumulative GPA is a 4.1 and I’m always helping anyone who struggles in school.

Who is your role model?

Mike Paramore. He is one of the most influential people I’ve had in my life because he coached both of my older brothers and I’ve been around him with football my whole life. He never slacks off and always pushes me to thrive and go beyond my limits. He inspires me with everything he does because he means a lot to me and for many others as well.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

I like eating at Buffalo Wild Wings either in Lawrence or Topeka. I always get the large boneless honey barbeque wings and eat them all.

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

I like to help others out in school and in the weight room. I don’t tolerate a negative behavior by anyone so if I see bullying I shut it down immediately because no one deserves to be mistreated in any type of way.

Anything else to add?

A big thank you to my friends, family, coaches and fans and a special thank you to Patrick Winchester and Kathy Hackathorn for their behind the scenes work.  We are truly one big football family!!