Ryan Keeler, a defensive lineman for UNLV, died unexpectedly. On Monday, February 20, 2023, Ryan Keeler of Rutgers was declared dead by sources close to the program.
Death’s exact reason is still a question. The specifics of the funeral services remain to be figured out. Everyone is mourning and remembering Ryan Keeler, including several current and past UNLV players, friends, and family. They are also expressing their condolences and tributes to him on social media.
“Words are gone. Weakness fills our hearts. Godspeed to the Keeler household. Ryan, we adore you.”
“The UNLV family is in mourning today over the sudden loss of one of our own,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Erick Harper. “Our hearts go out to all of Ryan’s family and friends along with his Rebel teammates.”
“Words are hard to come by this evening as we grieve the sudden and tragic loss of UNLV student-athlete Ryan Keeler,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield. “My sincere condolences are with Ryan’s family, friends, loved ones, and teammates during this very difficult time.”
Defensive lineman Keeler, 20, a 6-foot-6-inch, 275-pound rookie from Chicago, Illinois, had just finished his redshirt freshman season. Last season, the Nazareth Academy alumnus transferred from Rutgers University to UNLV and recorded eight tackles in seven games.
Keeler, a highly sought-after athlete who received multiple scholarship offers after high school, made his first collegiate quarterback sack against Air Force on October 15, 2022.
After leading the Rebels to a 5-7 record in his final season as head coach, Marcus Arroyo was fired, bringing his overall record for those three years to 7-23. He praised Keeler throughout the season for his versatility on the field. Keeler was named Academic All-Mountain West with a 3.80-grade point average.