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55 - Ken Keister Position: Deep Snapper
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 238
High School: Radford H.S.
Hometown: Radford, Va.
 
photo         Has been a key contributor to Tech's special teams the past two seasons ... Handled all the snaps for Tech's punts, field goals and extra points during the 2000 season ... Concentrated on snapping for field goals and extra points at the beginning of last year, before taking over all the duties again late in the season ... Will be the leading candidate for both duties again this fall ... Brings a good work ethic and a team-first attitude to the field ... A consistent performer who can always be counted on ... Has also seen practice time at both defensive end positions during his time at Tech ... A former walk-on who earned a scholarship ... Named to the 2001 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team ... Brings experience and a steady hand to the Hokies' special teams ...

2001: Played in all 12 games, handling snaps without a miscue ... Registered one solo tackle on the year ... Saw action as the snapper for field goals and PATs during the first nine games ... Added the role of punt snapper at Virginia ... Was in for five punt snaps, four PAT snaps and three field goal snaps in that game ... Also had a solo tackle on punt coverage against the Cavaliers ... Handled all the special teams snaps against Miami and Florida State ...

2000: Took over all the snapping duties after serving as a backup in 1999 ... Started every game ... Handled 114 snaps during the regular season ... Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the season ... Still snapped during spring practices, but did not play in the Maroon-White game ...

1999: Was a member of the travel squad as a backup snapper ... Did not see action and was redshirted ... Bench pressed 330 pounds during fall testing ... Improved his back squat to 500 pounds ... Registered quarterback sacks in two of Tech's spring scrimmages and added three tackles, including one behind the line, in another ...

1998: Joined the team as a walk-on when school started ... Practiced at defensive end ... Recovered a fumble in a jayvee win over Fork Union Military Academy ... Improved in all four major lifts during spring strength and conditioning tests ... Got some work as a deep snapper during the spring ...

High School: Earned three letters as a defensive end, linebacker and running back for Coach Norm Lineburg at Radford High ... Was first-team all-district, all-region and all-state as a defensive end his senior season ... Earned second-team all-district honors as a running back ... Helped team to a region championship in '97 ... Contributed 153 tackles, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior ... Missed his junior year due to an injury ... Lettered two years in basketball and soccer ...

Personal: Kenneth Robert Keister ... Born 8/13/80 in Radford, VA ... Son of Robert Keister and Judy Harris ... Studying physical education.

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