Playing 2015 as a redshirt season after being granted additional year of eligibility. Granted a medical hardship waiver in October 2014 from Conference USA for the 2012-13 school year … That became McKelvey’s redshirt year when he played only three games before suffering a season-ending torn left ACL in a Week 3 loss at Ohio, allowing the Herd to count it as redshirt year because of injury … One of top athletes on team; his power clean lift of 315 pounds (in 2013) ranks second all-time among MU linebackers, fullbacks and tight ends … Has vertical leap of more than 34 inches.
R-JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Was off to big start to season when he suffered a torn ACL to his right knee in a Week 5 victory at Old Dominion. Underwent surgery and missed remainder of year … For the rest of the season, Herd players wore McKelvey’s No. 31 jersey to honor their injured teammate, who was out for the season … Played 218 snaps in five games … Finished with 21 tackles (13 solos), with 1.5 tackles for loss in five games … Had season-high seven tackles in win over Ohio (Sept. 13) … Played middle and weakside linebacker … Selected to 2014 All-Conference USA Preseason Team, one of seven Herd players named by league coaches … One of top athletes on team; his power clean lift of 315 pounds (in 2013) ranks second all-time among MU linebackers, fullbacks and tight ends … Had vertical leap of more than 34 inches.
R-SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): On most-improved FBS scoring defense in 15 years, led with 97 tackles, including 55 solos. Also had one forced fumble and one interception, with a 13-yard return in win over UTSA … All-Conference USA Honorable Mention selection by coaches … Led Marshall with nine tackles (seven solos) in Military Bowl win over Maryland … Played all 14 games, making seven starts … Had 12 tackles, including 10 first hits, in loss at Middle Tennessee … Also recorded 12 tackles, with nine solos, in crucial MU victory at Tulsa … Had 70 tackles in Herd’s final eight games … Missed spring practice in 2013 while rehabbing from knee surgery.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Switched from safety to linebacker in the preseason, played in the first three games before missing the rest of the season following a left ACL tear in Week 3 loss to Ohio, and subsequent surgery ... Recorded 14 tackles, including a 10-tackle performance against Western Carolina (Sept. 8) … In October 2014, was granted a medical hardship waiver by Conference USA for the 2012-13 school year, allowing MU to count it as McKelvey’s redshirt year because of injury.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Played in six games, making three tackles, in addition to his special teams duties.
HERD FILE: Born March 25, 1991 … Majoring in Management and Marketing at MU … Enrolled at Marshall in January 2011 … Recorded 142 tackles and five interceptions as safety in senior season for Berekley High School Stags ... Played at safety for Berkeley’s 2009 Class 4A Division II state title team (14-1) … Also offered by Clemson, East Carolina, Appalachian State … Younger brother of former Herd all-conference star safety Omar Brown, who won a Super Bowl XLVII ring as a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens (2012 season) … Another brother, Kory Brown, is a former Kentucky linebacker … Cousin J.J. McKelvey played at Clemson (2000-02), with 84 career receptions for 1,277 yards and four TDs … Finished third in 110-meter hurdles in 2010 South Carolina 4A state track meet with 14.8-second clocking.