Football Bears to be Without the Services of Standout LB Keck
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State University head football coach Terry Allen announced today (March 22) that senior linebacker Michael Keck (Harrisonville, Mo.) will end his football playing career for medical reasons.
The mutual decision was made upon the advice of team medical personnel after a history of ongoing concussion symptoms has kept Keck out of competition, practices and workouts since August.
“We will miss Mike and the impact he had on our team,” said Allen. “This is the best decision for his long-term health, and obviously that is the most critical thing in these situations.”
Allen indicated that Keck will remain at Missouri State while working toward the completion of his degree in criminology this fall. The sixth-year head coach also noted that Keck will continue to be involved with the Bears’ football program in some capacity for the upcoming season.
Keck transferred to Missouri State from Missouri for the 2009 season. He started all 11 games for the Bears his sophomore year and tallied 65 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries while being named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team.
The Bears, who begin spring drills today at 3 p.m., return 31 lettermen and nine starters from a 5-6 squad that tied for third (4-4) in the MVFC in 2010.