The sudden passing of UNLV defensive lineman Ryan Keeler has shocked the world of college football, which has since been plunged into mourning.
The school announced this week that Keeler, who was only 20 years old, died suddenly. The cause of death is unknown.
“We are devastated to have lost a member of our Rebel family,” his coach, Barry Odom, said in a statement. “While I had the honor of knowing Ryan for only a couple of months, he already stood out to our coaching staff as an incredible person, student, and teammate.
“Our condolences and prayers go out to Ryan’s family as we grieve along with them over this tremendous loss.”
Keeler was a redshirt freshman who hailed from Chicago. He joined UNLV as a transfer from Rutgers.
Keith E. Whitfield, the UNLV president, offered commiseration in a statement.
“Words are hard to come by this evening as we grieve the sudden and tragic loss of UNLV student-athlete Ryan Keeler,” he said. “My sincere condolences are with Ryan’s family, friends, loved ones, and teammates during this very difficult time.”
The Rutgers HC who originally recruited the player, Greg Schiano, mourned the loss as well.
“From getting to know him as a recruit, to actually getting to coach him, what stood out most was his passion,” Schiano remarked. “His passion for his teammates and his passion for the game of football. We send our love and prayers to Ryan’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Total Pro Sports also offers condolences to Keeler’s family and loved ones.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.