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August 9, 2013

College football: Ex-Seal Keiser just wants to help team

Ex-Seal Keiser just wants to help team

By Todd Hummel

For The Daily Item

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Not much has changed for Ryan Keiser in the four years he's been on campus at Penn State University.

He's still humble to a fault.

Describing his senior year in high school in football and baseball to a student from the Nittany Lions sports information staff as pretty good, a year in which Keiser helped Selinsgrove win its first state title in football with 19 touchdowns, 61 catches and 1,144 yards, along with 10 homers and 34 RBIs to lead the area in 2010.

Still not fond of talking about himself, he was bouncing on the balls of his feet during an interview on Thursday morning at the Penn State University media day.

And despite his athletic gifts, he's still one of the hardest workers around, earning a scholarship from coach Bill O'Brien after starting his career as a walk-on.

"It was definitely nice getting that offer. Coach O'Brien had told me there was a possibility," Keiser said. "When I got it, I was so thankful, so blessed. It doesn't change my work ethic, it just means my school's getting paid for, it's not going to change how hard I work."

Now it's time for the next step in that journey for the senior with junior eligibility from Selinsgrove. The 6-foot-1 205-pounder has played mostly on special teams, including as the holder on 62 placements. He had five tackles on defense, including three against Indiana.

This season Keiser is battling Malcolm Willis for one of the starting safety spots in the Nittany Lions' defensive secondary.

"I'm just looking to help the team out any way I can -- special teams, on defense and holding," Keiser said. "I'm going out and giving it my all every day and competing.

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