USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Kent State - 09/21/13
Safety Ryan Keiser is a talented player with good instincts and a nose for the ball, a combination that likely will have him playing a significant role during his fifth-year senior season. Keiser has been a consistently productive player on defense and special teams, playing in 36 of a possible 37 career games the past three seasons. He could team with safety Adrian Amos and cornerbacks Jordan Lucas and Trevor Williams, to give the secondary a quartet of experienced returning starters. A starter in the last four games of 2013, Keiser grabbed three interceptions to tie Lucas for the team lead, and delivered eight pass breakups, tied with Williams for second on the squad. The physical and hard-hitting Keiser was tied for sixth in the Big Ten in passes defended (1.00 avg.). The sure-handed Keiser also will be a primary candidate to resume duties as the holder on field goal and PAT attempts. He handled the holding duties in 2012 and the early part of last season before a hand injury sidelined him from those duties. The former Selinsgrove High School all-state honoree recorded 38 tackles (26 solo), while appearing in 11 games last year, including starting five contests. Keiser was stellar in crunch time last season as he cemented the Illinois win by alertly grabbing a pass tipped by Amos in the end zone for a game-ending interception, which was the No. 6 play on the SportsCenter Top 10 for Nov. 2. He also grabbed an interception in the end zone on Wisconsin's final play from scrimmage to seal the huge 31-24 road win over the No. 14 Badgers. Keiser owns a 3.37 grade-point average, made the Dean's List last spring and is a potential CoSIDA Academic All-America candidate. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree is on schedule to graduate in August with a degree in kinesiology. He is the squad's lone married player. Keiser is among 17 returning Nittany Lions from Central Pennsylvania.
2013 (Senior Season)
Keiser was a fixture in the secondary and on special teams, appearing in 11 games with five starts. He was eighth on the squad with 38 tackles (26 solo), was tied for the team lead with three interceptions and tied for second with eight pass breakups. He added 2.0 tackles for loss and one sack. Keiser made two tackles and delivered a five-yard rush on a fake field goal to pick up a first down that led to a field goal in the 23-17 season-opening win over Syracuse. He made two stops against Eastern Michigan and had two tackles and a pass breakup in the UCF game. Keiser delivered an outstanding effort in the 34-0 win over Kent State with four tackles, a personal-best three pass breakups and the first interception and first sack of his career. He suffered a hand injury against Kent State and did not play at Indiana, missing the first game of his career. Keiser returned to make his first career start against No. 18 Michigan and made two tackles in the thrilling four-overtime win. Keiser cemented the victory over Illinois by alertly grabbing a pass tipped by Adrian Amos for a game-ending interception in the end zone to give the Nittany Lions a 24-17 win. The play ranked No. 6 on the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 for Nov. 2. The interception was his second of the season and he added a tackle for loss in the win over the Illini. Keiser made a career-best seven tackles (six solo) at Minnesota in his second career start. He matched his personal-best in the next game with seven tackles in the 45-21 victory over Purdue. In the home-finale against Nebraska, he recorded four tackles (three solo) and added one pass breakup. Keiser came up big for the Nittany Lions in the season-finale at No. 14 Wisconsin, making five tackles (four solo), breaking up two passes and grabbing an interception in the end zone on the Badgers' final play from scrimmage to seal the 31-24 win. The pick was his third of the season, tied for the team lead. Keiser earned his second Academic All-Big Ten honor.
2012 (Junior Season)
Keiser saw action in every game for the second consecutive year, serving as the holder on all 62 placements. He also played on other special teams and defense. He made five tackles, led by three stops in the win over Indiana. Keiser also had hits in the victories at Illinois and Purdue. Keiser earned Dean's List recognition after posting a 3.76 grade-point average during the fall semester. He was selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time.
2011 (Sophomore Season)
Keiser saw action in every game, serving as the holder on placements and playing on other special teams. He made six tackles, led by three stops in the win over Eastern Michigan. Keiser played a total of 102 snaps, topped by 15 in the victory over Indiana State.
2010 (Freshman Season)
Keiser was a three-year letterman and captain for Coach Dave Hess at Selinsgrove High School. He was named to the PA Football News Class AAA all-state first-team following his junior (defensive back) and senior (wide receiver) seasons. He also was named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers all-state first-team as a senior and was selected to play in the 2010 Big 33 Classic. Keiser earned multiple Player-of-the-Year honors, including All-Anthracite Conference. He caught 61 passes for 1,144 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior, along with 167 return yards and a touchdown. Keiser finished his high school career with 2,425 receiving yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also was a three-year letterman in basketball and four-year letterman in baseball, serving as team captain for both teams. On the diamond, Keiser was named Player-of-the-Year by the Heartland Conference and The Daily Item newspaper.
Full name is Ryan Benjamin Keiser. He is the son of Ben and Cathy Keiser and has a brother, Justin. He enjoys playing and watching sports, boating and spending time with friends. Keiser is a kinesiology major and is interested in becoming a health or physical education teacher. Born June 24, 1991 in Selinsgrove, Pa.