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College football: Collin Keoshian, a quick return

Former 8-man star leaves BYU and is now playing for COC

Posted: July 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Former Santa Clarita Christian School running back Collin Keoshian is still waiting to play his first down of college football.

It appears his first game will be in a College of the Canyons uniform.

After redshirting the 2010 season with Brigham Young University, Keoshian was released from his scholarship in March and is now practicing with COC.

“It just wasn’t for me,” Keoshian said of his decision to leave. “I felt far away from home and I missed my family and my girlfriend and all my friends, so I wanted to be back home.”

Though he didn’t leave the school on bad terms, he admitted it was a difficult decision to cut ties with a prime opportunity to play at the highest level of college football — at least for now.

“It definitely took a while and a lot of talking with my family,” Keoshian said.

Shortly after returning home, Keoshian reached out to USC and UCLA to try to become a late add-on to the 2011 rosters.

Though Keoshian said UCLA expressed interest when he attended a few practices, the school didn’t have any remaining scholarship money to make him an offer at that point in the offseason.

That was in early June, which is when he joined the COC squad. The program is happy to have him.

“We’re so excited,” said COC football head coach Garett Tujague. “It’s like you get a new toy in the toy box and you can’t put it down and you just keep trying to find things to do with him and find ways to work him into the offense.”

Though Keoshian was slated to play linebacker at BYU, he’ll return to running back for COC, a position he feels quite comfortable with.

In his four-year career at SCCS, he amassed 6,357 rushing yards, the state’s second most all-time in 8-man football, and 102 touchdowns on the ground for the state 8-man record.

His 45 touchdowns in 2008 are an all-time Santa Clarita Valley best.

“With him, he’s a great athlete and he moves great, but his whole deal is when you get the pads on,” Tujague said.

COC has Keoshian for the 2011 season. From there, it’s anyone’s guess.

NCAA bylaws state that athletes transferring from a four-year school to a two-year school are required to graduate from the two-year before gaining eligibility elsewhere. That may force Keoshian to stay two years at COC.

Exceptions to the rule can be made, but Keoshian will have to cross that bridge next year.

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