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Michael Keck
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Michael Keck

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Harrisonville, Mo.

High School:
Harrisonville High

Last College:
University of Missouri

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 216

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
Transfer

 Highly-regarded outside linebacker who should return to his starting role in 2010 ... Tallied four tackles in the Maroon and White Game (4/24/10) ... Ranked as the No. 26 Division I FCS outside linebacker by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

2009: Earned Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer honors after finishing fifth on the squad in tackles (65) and starting all 11 games at outside linebacker ... Tied for team lead in forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (two), while finishing second on the squad in tackles for loss (6.5) ... Also notched 2.5 sacks, tied for third on the team, for a team-high 25 yards ... Recorded a career-high 11 tackles in home venture against Illinois State (10/31/09) ... Accumulated nine stops in home win over UT Martin (9/12/09) to earn MSU Media Player of the Week, Missouri State Defensive Player of the Week and "game ball" honors ... Was also named team Defensive Player of the Week in win at Western Illinois (10/17/09) after accumulating four solo tackles, a forced fumble, a sack and two TFLs ... Had eight stops in home win over Indiana State (11/7/09) ... Tallied six tackles at Arkansas (9/5/09), versus Murray State (9/19/09) and at Youngstown State (10/3/09) ... Averaged 7.7 tackles per game over the last three contests ... Tied for 24th in the MVFC in tackles for loss (0.59 per game) and ranked among the top 350 players nationally ... Recorded three sacks and eight tackles in the 2009 Maroon and White spring game after transferring from Missouri.

Missouri: Keck was redshirted as a true freshman in 2007 ... Was slotted No. 2 on the team's spring 2007 depth chart at linebacker ... In 2008 preseason, he was No. 2 on the Tigers' depth chart at defensive end ... Had nine stops in the team's 2008 spring game ... Played in 2008 season opener against Illinois in St. Louis and tallied one tackle.

High School: Was a Class 3 all-state, all-district and all-conference honoree each of his last three seasons at Harrisonville (Mo.) High as a defensive end and outside linebacker for coach Fred Bouchard ... Wildcats were a collective 53-3 in his four seasons, including three Missouri Class 3 state titles and one runner-up (double overtime) finish ... Had his senior season impacted by a knee injury, but returned before the end of the year and helped lead his team to an undefeated, 14-0 season and a Class 3 state title ... Ended senior season (2006) with 65 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles, and also scored a defensive TD on a fumble return of 68 yards ... Had 148 tackles, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior ... Registered 90 tackles and 8 QB sacks as a sophomore in 2004, and preceded that with 70 tackles and six sacks as a freshman ... His four Show-Me Bowl appearances included four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick, a 48-yard interception return and two sacks ... Was a two-time Bobby Bell Award finalist, winning that honor in 2006-07 ... A Parade Magazine All-American was rated as the state's No. 1 overall prospect by Super Prep and also as an All-American who rated as the nation's No. 11 overall weak-side linebacker recruit ... Rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Missouri and as the No. 4 weak-side defensive end in the nation ... Ranked by Prep Star as the No. 16 overall prospect (any position) in the Midlands region and as the nation's No. 26 defensive line prospect in 2006-07 ... Also played basketball and track at Harrisonville.

Personal: Michael J. Keck was born 9/9/88 in Kansas City, Mo. ... Grandmother is Charlotte Keck ... Son of Bartholomew Keck and Tina Silver of Harrisonville, Mo. ... Majoring in Criminology with a minor in History.

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