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31 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Kip Keeley

In which BracketCat counts down the 31st day until kickoff with a profile of linebacker Kip Keeley.


#31 Kip Keeley
Redshirt Freshman
6-2 | 205
LaCrosse, Kan.


Position: Linebacker

Previous College: None

Projection: Scout Team

Status: Preferred Walk-On

Kip Jameson Keeley (July 10, 1995) is a preferred walk-on linebacker from LaCrosse who redshirted in 2013.

He has an outside shot of seeing the field in some capacity in 2014, but likely will serve instead on the scout team.

A four-year letter-winner at LaCrosse High School under head coach Jon Webster, Keeley was named a 2012 third-team All-Class Top 11 selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

He also was an all-state selection at linebacker by and the Capital-Journal, tabbed as the Kansas 2-1A Defensive Player of the Year, and named to The Hays Daily News Super 11 team.

Keeley was selected to play in the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl after he led the Leopards to back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012. He was a three-time all-district and all-league linebacker.

Named a second-team all-league linebacker as a freshman in 2009, Keeley also was a three-year letter-winner in basketball, and track and field. He was a second-team all-state performer in basketball as a junior in 2012.

Keeley won the Kansas 2A State championship in the javelin, setting a school record with a throw of 191-2.