Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2014; Fall 2015)
Defensive end Joe Keels joined the Nebraska program in 2014 after being a standout at Highland (Kan.) Community College. Keels provided depth on the defensive line in 2014, however his career was cut short due to season-ending shoulder surgery in 2015.
Keels earned his degree in sociology in December of 2015.
Keels was sidelined by a shoulder injury and did not see action in 2015.
Keels played in five games, seeing action in the first three games, and also against Illinois and Rutgers. Keels had an unassisted tackle at Fresno State.
Before Nebraska (Bradford HS/Highland CC)
Keels played for former Husker Ryan Held at Highland (Kan.) Community College in 2013. Keels had 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks in nine games, helping Highland to a 6-4 record. He was a second-team All-Jayhawk League selection at defensive end. Keels starred at Rochester (Minn.) College in 2012, recording 12.5 sacks. Keels began his college career at the North Dakota College of Science in 2011, but sat out as a medical redshirt.
Keels is a native of Kenosha, Wis., and attended Bradford High School as a senior. At Bradford High, Keels helped his team to a trip to the Division 1 state semifinals as a senior in 2010. Keels made 65 tackles, including eight sacks. Keels spent his first three years of high school at Mt. Zion (Ill.) High School.
Keels was ranked as one of the top five defensive linemen in the junior college ranks by 247 Sports. Keels chose Nebraska over Wisconsin.
Keels is the son of Reynell Jones-Gray, and he was born on June 13, 1993. Keels earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2015. Keels volunteered time at the Madonna Rehabilitation Center and other outreach events.
Keels' Career Stats
» Games Played – 5 in 2014
» Tackles – 1 UT in 2014