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 middle in BYU’s season opener

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

BYU defensive again Keenan Ellis is medically retiring after struggling a extreme neck harm a yr 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 middle in Las Vegas after being immobilized on a stretcher. By the subsequent morning, Ellis was strolling round. He mentioned he didn’t keep in mind the hit.

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

All through the offseason, individuals 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 mentioned. “With him we noticed him transferring and operating. All of it was working effectively. 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 last sport towards Arizona. He tallied 22 tackles and had 5 passes defended. Ellis would have probably contended for a beginning place in 2022.

“Now we have had a lot of conversations. I be ok with the choice,” Sitake mentioned. “As an individual, it simply sucks as a result of he’s such an amazing soccer participant.”