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Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2014)
Defensive end Joe Keels saw reserve action in 2014 in his first season in the program. This season, the 6-3, 265-pound Keels will have the opportunity to compete for much more extensive playing time in a wide open battle at defensive end. Returning starter Greg McMullen and senior Jack Gangwish have the most game experience among defensive ends, but Keels is poised to earn plenty of snaps at the position.
Keels has added about 15 pounds of muscle to his frame since arriving on the NU campus from the junior college ranks in January of 2014. Keels is on track to earn his degree in sociology in May of 2016.
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. Keels has volunteered time at the Madonna Rehabilitation Center and other outreach events.
Keels' Career Stats
» Games Played – 5 in 2014
» Tackles – 1 UT in 2014