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Long Snapper Tad Keely Too Good To Ignore

Tad Keely (Illinois SID)

The most unsung player on a football team is the long snapper. He receives no recognition for his successes but plenty of blame for his misses. And yet his role is vital to his team. Tad Keely is completing his second year starting for the Fighting Illini. He has been practically perfect since getting his first action in the Rose Bowl.

Tad Keely walked on at Illinois to be a long snapper, following his brother Tyler. He was the backup to Kyle Knezetic his redshirt freshman season but never saw game action. That is, until the Rose Bowl. "That was the first time I ever saw the field," Keely remembers. "Kyle got dinged up the first play. He did field goals, and I did all the punts. I really didn't have time to think about it... Recommended Stories

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