Kevin Keane only wishes to remain unseen: he’s doing his job if nobody knows his name.
“It’s a good game if you’re not mentioned at all,” said Keane, the Boise State long snapper. “It’s a good season if you’re not mentioned at all. I sort of like to be the invisible guy.”
Being the invisible guy was not in the cards for Keane – Boise State took notice of the junior walk-on and offered him a scholarship at the tail end of fall camp.
During a team meeting, head coach Bryan Harsin told Keane he might want to join the seniors in their senior talks. The coaching staff was having trouble with Keane’s eligibility, stemming from a medical redshirt he received as a freshman. They were unsure if he would be able to return for another season.
With his frustrations visible, Keane took his seat with the seniors. It was then that Harsin revealed the eligibility issues were just a ruse to fool Keane.
“He said he had two things for me,” Keane said. “The first thing was that it was false. The second thing was I was on scholarship. I sort of just broke down.”
Keane originally transferred to Boise State after starting three games at Division III school Ohio-Wesleyan. He never thought he would one day earn a scholarship.
“It’s nice to be rewarded and recognized for what I’ve been doing,” Keane said. “It was exciting and a special feeling.”
Despite having a scholarship in hand, Keane doesn’t plan on working any less hard.
“Every day at practice, we go out and we try and find something to tweak,” Keane said. “Every day you’re looking for something to work on.”
With all three specialists returning, many expect Boise State’s special teams to be one of the best in the nation.