We are slowly getting closer to the start of the 2014 season and before we know it, the Penn State Nittany Lions will be on the field in the Croke Parke Classic taking on Central Florida. In a continuation of player previews leading up to the start of the year, today we take a look at safety Ryan Keiser.
Keiser entered last season as a reserve defensive back and ended up playing in 11 games, starting in five of them. He really found his groove as the season went on, earning a start in the final four games of the year. Prior to last season, Keiser played every game in 2011 and 2012 serving as the place holder on special teams.
Last year, Keiser made 38 total tackles, including making seven total stops in the game against Minnesota as well as the contest against Purdue. He recorded one sack and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Keiser ended the victory over Illinois with an interception in overtime.
The Selinsgrove, PA native was a star at Selinsgrove High School as both a wide receiver and defensive back. He was named All-State after his junior and senior seasons and recorded 35 receiving touchdowns and 13 interceptions during his high school career. Despite the accolades, he wasn’t recruited heavily and had to walk on at Penn State in 2010.
After an impressive 2013 season in which he showed great development and improvement, Keiser is in line to nab one of the starting safety spots for the Nittany Lions in 2014. Penn State has several options in the secondary this season, but Keiser will see ample playing time.
As a starter from the first game, Keiser should be able to record somewhere around 50 total tackles. With his skill to get to the ball, at least four interceptions is also possible.