MOBILE, Ala. -- During his freshman season at Elon University, wide receiver Aaron Mellette caught just eight passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. However, he was a quick study and became an impact player for the Phoenix over the next three seasons.
Mellette increased his production ten-fold between his first and second seasons, catching 86 passes for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. He followed that up with a 113-catch, 1,639-yard and 12-touchdown season in 2011. During his final year, Mellette caught 97 passes for 1,408 yards and a career-best 18 touchdown receptions.
“I’m a guy that goes and gets it,” Mellette said. “I attack the ball when it’s in the air. I’m not afraid to come across the middle. I’m just a hard-working player on and off the field. (With) my physicality, my best ability is to go up and get the ball over smaller corners and create downfield separation.
“It maybe didn’t prepare me as well as some of these other guys from the FBS, but it prepared me a lot. I learned a lot. It’s a very prestigious academic school, so I know I’m intelligent enough to play at the next level.”
Mellette came to the 2013 Senior Bowl with the intention of proving that he “can play with the guys from the FBS level, and compete with them and I’m not shy to go up against them.”
“They’re real good guys,” Mellette said of the defensive backs at the Senior Bowl. “They’re very good with their technique and things of that nature. They’re bringing it just like we are, the wideouts. They’re not backing down and that’s what I like.”
Another thing Mellette likes is representing Elon and the entire Southern Conference, much like Brian Quick, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams last April and caught 11 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in his first season out of Appalachian State.
“I feel like I have to go out and represent the right way, and that way, when they bring guys in for recruiting, they can show them, ‘We’ve got one kid that made it, so if you put in the hard work like he did his four years here, you’ll get your shot as well,’” Mellette said. “The SoCon’s one of the best conferences in the FCS. Last year, we had Brian Quick go and I’m just glad that (Georgia Southern safety) J.J. (Wilcox) and I can follow in his footsteps in making the SoCon proud.”