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 in opposition to Arizona operating again Michael Wiley throughout the first half of an NCAA school soccer sport Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas.

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

“It’s unhappy and unlucky,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake instructed The Salt Lake Tribune. “He has subsequent degree skill to play within the NFL. He’s gifted and might do a number of different issues. He’ll nonetheless be concerned with the group, it simply gained’t be on the sphere.”

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 energy elevated.

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

“We had been actually hopeful he would return,” Sitake stated. “With him we noticed him shifting and operating. All of it was working effectively. However the issues he might get with one other hit like that simply weren’t well worth the threat.”

Ellis appeared in 13 video games in his school profession, beginning his closing sport in opposition to Arizona. He tallied 22 tackles and had 5 passes defended. Ellis would have possible contended for a beginning place in 2022.

“We have now had a number 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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