Keoshian, a native of Santa Clarita, Calif., will begin classes
at Illinois State in January and will have two years of
eligibility remaining with the Redbirds.
With the loss of
senior running back Darrelynn Dunn, ISU head coach Brock Spack
was looking for another powerful running back to fit into his
offense for next season. With Keoshian at 6-foot-3 and 245
pounds, Spack believes he has found that player.
"We were looking for a big, strong back that we could use for
our inside running game, and Collin fits that mold well," Spack
said. "He has very good ball skills to go along with his running
abilities, which will allow us to throw the ball to him out of
the backfield. With his size, he also gives us the opportunity
to protect our quarterback better in our protection schemes. I
think Collin hits a home run for us because of his abilities to
excel in every aspect of what we want a running back in this
offense to do, and we are excited to have him in the program."
Keoshian rushed for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns last season
for the Vaqueros and averaged over 140 yards per game on the
ground. He amassed a season-high 326 yards on the ground with
three touchdowns in a 31-19 win at San Diego Mesa early in the
season, and two weeks later he rushed for 186 yards and three
scores against Santa Monica. Keoshian finished the year with
games of 184 and 193 yards rushing.
He began his collegiate career at BYU, where he redshirted in
2010 and got experience as a member of the practice squad. He
then transferred to the College of the Canyons in 2011, before
his standout 2012 season at Glendale Community College.
Keoshian was a standout player during his prep career at
Santa Clarita Christian School, which competed as an eight-man
football program. In his four-year career, Keoshian tallied
6,537 rushing yards and 102 touchdowns on the ground. His
yardage total is second-most all-time in the state in eight-man
football, and his touchdown total is a state record in the
news release received from
Illinois State University]