“I’m a contrarian,” Kelley said earlier this year. “I think that if everybody thinks it’s one way, oftentimes it is something else. I’m willing to try new things. I’m not risk-averse. Most people are naturally risk-averse. If there’s a decision that can be made, they look at all the things that could go wrong instead of looking at all the things that can go right.”
Chamberlin has prepared Dayton by practicing onside kicks more this week and focusing less on punt returns.
“He’s been very successful with (the strategy),” Chamberlin said. “It wouldn’t fit Rick Chamberlain’s philosophy, but I’m not him. He likes it. His players like it. You go with what works best for your program.”
The early results of Kelley’s thinking at the college level are mixed. Presbyterian routed St. Andrews University, a NAIA program, 84-43 in its opener and then beat another lower division team, the University of Fort Lauderdale, 68-3. Last week, it lost 72-0 at Campbell, a fellow FCS program.
This is Presbyterian’s first season in the Pioneer Football League. It has never played Dayton. This is the first of eight PFL games for both teams. Dayton will try to bounce back from a 55-3 loss at Southern Illinois.
“Our mental preparation is going to be the same,” wide receiver Tyler Mintz said. “We’re going to go into every week preparing to win. But obviously the stakes are a little bit higher now because we are entering into conference play.”
Rick Chamberlin interview (Sept. 22, 2021)