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Running down a dream

Transfer Collin Keoshian looks to get his college career back on track as Vaqueros' workhorse running back.

August 30, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Glendale College football team's Collin Keoshian.
Glendale College football team's Collin Keoshian. (Raul Roa/Staff…)

Collin Keoshian’s football career appeared to be on the fast track when he was recruited as a scholarship player by then top-25-ranked Brigham Young University out of high school in 2010, but the two-year path that has led the burly tailback to the 2012 Glendale Community College football team hasn’t featured much downhill running.

Keoshian redshirted his first and only year at Brigham Young University, where he got plenty of reps on the practice squad before deciding he wanted to play and go to school closer to home. Unable to transfer his BYU credits to UCLA, Keoshian ended up playing football at his hometown junior college, College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, last season, but found he didn’t fit into the Cougars’ plans. Needing to complete an associate’s degree in order to get back to a Division I school, as well as get back on the football radar, Keoshian found Glendale College to be the perfect environment to plot his comeback.

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It was a well-researched decision that appears to be a match made in heaven for both Keoshian and the ground-pounding Vaqueros, who open Saturday at 1 p.m. at Compton College.

“The [COC] offense wasn’t working for me very well,” says Keoshian, who was mostly used at fullback and H-back in the Cougars’ spread offense. “They didn’t run the ball at all. I switched to Glendale because I heard they run the ball and me and my dad researched that.

“That definitely attracted me because I saw the pro offense and how they did I-formation all the time and just how many carries each running back got. It’s a great place for running backs. It’s just a great fit for me there.”

Without a reliable passing offense, the Vaqueros rarely went to the air last season and, as a result, had the second-ranked rushing offense in Southern California. Keoshian attended the Vaqueros’ final two games of the season, where the team rushed the ball a combined 110 times out of 147 total plays and was sold.

And, after having an entire training camp to work Keoshian out in his offense, so is Vaqueros Coach John Rome.

“You always look at a guy who has extreme size for a position and you wonder how he’ll play,” Rome says of Keoshian, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised.

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