It didn’t take a long for former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and running back Kenjon Barner to meet again. Less than three weeks after Oregon beat Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, the two were reunited this week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.
Though Kelly’s departure from Eugene won’t be felt by Barner, who is projected to go in the early rounds of April’s draft, the explosive back did offer some thoughts on his former head coach’s transition to Philadelphia. Barner, like many others who have spoken of Kelly, expressed confidence in his college head coach’s ability to win at the next level.
Barner believes Kelly will win at the provel level “just because of his work ethic. He wants to go out and prove everyone wrong. If there’s a challenge, he wants to meet that challenge.”
Barner spoke of Kelly’s work ethic and how the head coach will tackle what’s ahead.
“He wants to go out and prove everyone wrong. If there’s a challenge, he wants to meet that challenge,” he said. “I was extremely happy for the man. He deserves everything that he’s getting,” Barner said. “He’s worked hard for it; there’s no one that’s more deserving than he is.”
As for playing for Kelly at college, Barner explained its potential explosiveness.
“It was a lot of fun. At any point in time, a play could go,” he said.
It’s pretty certain that the Eagles’ current depth at running back that Barner won’t be a part of Kelly’s roster in 2013, what remains to be seen is if Kelly’s plays will “go” like they did at the collegiate level.