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Keith Rucker
Player Profile:
Keith Rucker 1335842
Position: Tight End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 245
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Moeller

CAREER STATISTICS

ACADEMIC HONORS
• Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Spring 2016

ATHLETIC HONORS:
• 2015 All-Sun Belt Conference (second team)
• 2016 All-Sun Belt Conference (honorable mention)

AT GEORGIA STATE: Two-time all-conference tight end ... Fourth in Georgia State history with 10 touchdown receptions ... Also ranks among the GSU career leaders with 90 receptions (fifth) for 1,148 yards (sixth) ... Career average of 12.8 yards per catch ... Also an outstanding special teams contributor during his career.

The Sun Belt Conference representative on the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... Also serving as President of GSU’s SAAC for 2016-17.

2016: All-Sun Belt tight end with 32 catches for 362 yards and two touchdowns in 2016, despite missing two games to injury ... Fourth on the team in receptions ... Had one of the best games of his career in win over Georgia Southern with eight catches for 145 yards, including a career-long 44-yard reception ... Six catches at No. 9 Wisconsin and four at Appalachian State ... Caught an 8-yard touchdown in win over Texas State ... Caught a 17-yard TD pass vs. Arkansas State ... On the Preseason Watch List for the John Mackey Award and Wuerffel Trophy ... Nominated for 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

2015: Second-team All-Sun Belt ... Third on the team with 39 receptions for 522 yards and second with six touchdown catches, despite missing three games due to injury ... Over his last six games, averaged 5.5 receptions and 69.1 yards per game with five touchdowns ... Took over the starting role after a season-ending injury to the 2014 All-Sun Belt tight end Joel Ruiz.

Had three catches for 38 yards, including a 6-yard TD, at Oregon. Also had a 20-yard reception just shy of the goal line ... Made a 36-yard reception vs. Liberty ... Six catches for 58 yards at Ball State. Keyed a touchdown drive with a 19-yard catch down to the 20-yard line and then, on third down, an 11-yard reception to the 2.

Honorable mention selection as John Mackey Tight End of the Week after he caught two touchdown passes at Arkansas State, covering 25 and nine yards. Also had a third-down, 16-yard reception down to the 5-yard line to set up his second touchdown, which came with nine seconds left in first half and gave GSU a 27-20 lead. Finished with five receptions for 61 yards.

Caught two more touchdowns against UL Lafayette, giving him four touchdowns in two games. Caught an 8-yard scoring pass and then made a spectacular, one-handed 3-yard touchdown catch that was worthy of the SportsCenter Top 10. Finished the game with six catches for 51 yards ... Two catches for 43 yards in win over South Alabama, both for third-down conversions, including a 30-yard catch down to the 11-yard line on 3rd-and-10, setting up a touchdown.

Career day in win over Troy with 10 receptions (one shy of GSU record) for 154 yards, including a season-long 39-yard reception. Had four catches of longer than 20 yards in the game ... Three catches for 48 yards in win over Georgia Southern, including a 4-yard touchdown. Set up the score with a 29-yard catch down to the 4-yard line. But suffered a broken rib on that play that caused him to miss the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

2014: Backup tight end who had five catches for 32 yards and one touchdown ... Elected special teams captain for the season ... Recovered a fumble on punt coverage at Clemson ... Made four tackles on special teams ... Scored his first touchdown of 2014 on a 2-yard reception at Washington ... Finished the season with four catches for 30 yards against Texas State ... Fielded a short kickoff against South Alabama and returned it 16 yards ... Injured against Georgia Southern and missed the next two games ... Earned preseason All-Sun Belt recognition from Athlon (third team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (fourth team).

2013: Starting tight end as a true freshman ... GSU’s fifth-leading receiver with 14 catches for 232 yards, an average of 16.6 yards per catch ... Enjoyed a breakout game against UL-Lafayette with six catches for 121 yards. Scored his first touchdown on a 42-yard reception with just 14 seconds left in the first half ... Had catches of 17 and 15 yards at Texas State ... Added two receptions for 27 yards vs. Jacksonville State ... Finished the season with eight catches for 154 yards over the final three games.

HIGH SCHOOL: Helped lead Moeller High School to the 2012 Ohio Division I state championship ... Coached by John Rodenberg ... Played in a run-oriented offense but had seven catches for 181 yards and one touchdown as a senior ... Caught four touchdowns as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Full name is Keith Vernard Rucker, Jr. ... Born Feb. 17, 1995 ... Son of Keith Rucker Sr., and Mary Galli ... Father played in the NFL from 1992-97 with five different teams ... Majoring in speech.

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