Senio Kelemete

Senio Kelemete (born May 10, 1990) is an American football offensive guard for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He attended the University of Washington from 2008 to 2011. Kelemete has also played with the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints.

Senio Kelemete
No. 64 – Houston Texans
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1990-05-10) May 10, 1990 (age 30)
Seattle, Washington
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school:Seattle (WA) Evergreen
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Games played:74
Games started:37
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

High school careerEdit

A native of Seattle, Washington, Kelemete attended Evergreen High School, where he was a four-year starter on the varsity football team. As a junior in 2006, he earned first-team all-league as both and offensive and defensive lineman as he helped the team to an 8–2 record. In 2007, Evergreen went 9–2 and went the state playoffs for the first time since 2001 while Kelemete was honored as the Seamount League's Lineman of the Year on both offense and defense.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Kelemete was ranked as the No. 45 offensive tackle prospect in his class.[1] He chose Washington over offers from California, and Oregon State. The Huskies recruited Kelemete as a defensive lineman.

College careerEdit

In his true freshman season, Kelemete played in eight of the Huskies' 12 games as a defensive tackle, including four starts: vs. BYU, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Arizona. In the off-season, he was moved over to offensive line, and started 11 of the Huskies' 12 games at right guard (all but UCLA) in 2009. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named the John P. Angel Lineman of the Year at the Huskies' postseason awards banquet.

For his junior year, Kelemete was moved from guard to left tackle and named team captain. He started all 13 games, one of only two UW o-linemen to do so. Still a team captain in 2011, Kelemete started all 13 games at left tackle again, and was named second-team All-Pac-12. He was a member of the North team at the 2012 Senior Bowl.

Professional careerEdit

Projected as a fourth round selection by Sports Illustrated, he was ranked as the No. 9 offensive guard prospect.[2] Kelemete was praised for his "great use of body positioning and blocking angles," but criticized for his lack of "top footwork in pass protection."[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3 58 in
(1.92 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
5.52 s 1.88 s 3.06 s 4.58 s 7.77 s 25 in
(0.64 m)
8 ft 5 in
(2.57 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

The Arizona Cardinals selected Kelemete in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Arizona Cardinals selected three offensive linemen in 2012, including Bobby Massie (fourth round) and Nate Potter (seventh round). Kelemete was the highest UW offensive lineman selected since Joe Toledo in 2006.

In his first NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers, Kelemete became the first offensive lineman in NFL history to make a reception in his debut when he caught a deflected Brian Hoyer pass intended for wide receiver Andre Roberts for 10 yards.[5][6]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

He was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad on September 2, 2013.[7] He was released on September 24, 2013, but was re-signed to their practice squad on September 26, 2013. On March 4, 2016, the Saints re-signed Kelemete to a two-year deal.

In 2017, Kelemete's versatility was on display as the Saints' primary backup guard and tackle, starting eight games at both guard and tackle spots.

Houston TexansEdit

On March 14, 2018, Kelemete signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans.[8][9] He was named the starting left guard to begin the 2018 season. He started 14 games, missing two due to injury. On September 25, 2019, Kelemete was placed on injured reserve.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Senio is married to Giovana Kelemete, mother to Senio Jr.[citation needed]


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  8. ^ "Texans sign Colvin, Fulton, Henderson, Kelemete". March 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 14, 2018). "Texans signing Saints guard Senio Kelemete".
  10. ^ Wilson, Aaron (September 25, 2019). "Texans place Senio Kelemete on IR, promote Tyrell Adams". Retrieved June 2, 2020.

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