BYU DB Keenan Ellis medically retiring after suffering severe neck injury last year


Ellis sat out all of 2021 after being rushed to a trauma heart in BYU’s season opener

(David Becker | AP) BYU defensive again Keenan Ellis reacts to an obvious damage after defending towards Arizona operating again Michael Wiley in the course of the first half of an NCAA faculty soccer recreation Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas.

BYU defensive again Keenan Ellis is medically retiring after struggling a extreme neck damage a 12 months in the past.

The junior from San Diego missed all of 2021 after being concerned in a head-first collision with Arizona receiver Jaden Mitchell. Instantly, Ellis misplaced consciousness and fell to the bottom.

He was transferred to a neighborhood trauma heart in Las Vegas after being immobilized on a stretcher. By the subsequent morning, Ellis was strolling round. He stated he didn’t bear in mind the hit.

“It’s unhappy and unlucky,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake informed The Salt Lake Tribune. “He has subsequent degree potential to play within the NFL. He’s gifted and may do lots of different issues. He’ll nonetheless be concerned with the workforce, it simply received’t be on the sector.”

All through the offseason, folks inside BYU’s program anticipated Ellis to return to soccer. He was operating and performing non-contact exercises this winter. His mobility and power elevated.

However as Ellis noticed a number of head and neck specialists, the consensus was he couldn’t danger taking one other collision.

“We have been actually hopeful he would return,” Sitake stated. “With him we noticed him transferring and operating. All of it was working nicely. However the problems he might get with one other hit like that simply weren’t definitely worth the danger.”

Ellis appeared in 13 video games in his faculty profession, beginning his remaining recreation towards Arizona. He tallied 22 tackles and had 5 passes defended. Ellis would have probably contended for a beginning place in 2022.

“We have now had plenty of conversations. I be ok with the choice,” Sitake stated. “As an individual, it simply sucks as a result of he’s such a terrific soccer participant.”

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