The improbable football career of Thunder Keck ’17 recorded another memorable milestone, as the Stanford senior was awarded a scholarship by the team last week.
Keck and fellow walk-on Spencer Jorgensen earned a bellowing round of applause and cheers from teammates when Cardinal head coach David Shaw made the announcement after practice on Oct. 24.
Although not seeing any action in his freshman year, Keck appeared in 21 games over the past two seasons, primarily on special teams but also on defense at linebacker.
His inclusion on the roster of a Division I football team in any form is remarkable, considering that he did not begin playing the sport until his senior year at Hotchkiss. In his short time with the team, he was recognized with the Scott L. Probasco ’11 Football Award, which is presented to the member of the football team who shows the most improvement during the season.
He also earned two varsity letters in track, serving as captain of the track team in his senior year and earning the Wykoff Award for his performance for the team.
At Stanford, Keck has distinguished himself in the classroom. The computer science major earned Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention status as a sophomore and was named to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll as a junior.