Ryan Keiser is one of the unsung heroes for the Nittany Lions. The safety has played in all 25 games of his career on defense and special teams, serving as the holder on all placements the past two seasons. Working with center and long snapper Ty Howle, they delivered 62 perfect snaps and placements last year for kicker Sam Ficken, who made his final 10 field goal attempts of 2012. The hard-working and instinctive Keiser was frequently mentioned by his teammates as being among the most improved defensive players during spring practice in his bid for more time in the secondary rotation. He and Malcolm Willis likely will enter training camp battling for one of the starting safety spots. The talented and physical player also will continue to be a significant contributor on the special teams. The former Selinsgrove High School all-state honoree earned Dean's List and Academic All-Big Ten recognition after posting a 3.76 grade-point average during the 2012 fall semester. Keiser brought a 3.33 GPA in kinesiology into the summer and is a potential Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® candidate. He is on schedule to graduate next spring.
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.