Spending time in a nationally relevant program that has grown into a perennial power, Xavier Kelly understands the importance of taking care of the little things.

That is precisely what he has set out to do since arriving at Arkansas from Clemson as a graduate transfer. Coaches and teammates have taken notice of the way he operates, too, and it’s one of the reasons he has already vaulted himself into a leadership position.

Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom has been particularly impressed with Kelly’s power, leverage and quickness at defensive tackle. As of now, he is projected to start in the middle of the defensive line alongside Jonathan Marshall.

“He’s done a nice job,” Odom said last week via Zoom. “He may be a little bit quicker than I thought he would be — maybe his explosion at the point of attack inside. We’ve been able to move him around a little bit because of his skillset. So, really excited that we have him.”

“He’s going to have to play a lot of good snaps for us this year.”

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