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College Update: Former Glendale Community College standout Collin Keoshian leading the way for Illinois State

One-time Vaquero has scored team-high five rushing touchdowns. Verso scores another match-winning goal.

October 02, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Glendale Community College product Collin Keoshian has fit in nicely with 24th-ranked Illinois State of Division I-AA. Keoshian has rushed for 140 yards in 43 carries with five touchdowns. (Mike Mullen/File Photo)
Glendale Community College product Collin Keoshian…

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Collin Keoshian (Glendale Community College, 2013) junior running back, Illinois State football: After basking in the limelight last season with the Vaqueros, Keoshian has wasted no time adjusting to carrying the ball on a regular basis at the NCAA Division I-AA level.

Keoshian, who earned All-Pacific Conference American Division first-team honors after scoring 11 rushing touchdowns in nine games in his lone season with the Vaqueros, has fit in nicely with the 24th-ranked Redbirds (1-3, 0-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference) and received plenty of responsibilities.

While the Redbirds have started off slow, Keoshian has been a bright spot.

On Saturday, Keoshian rushed for a touchdown in Illinois State’s 37-10 loss to host Missouri State in a conference opener. He finished with 17 yards rushing, but scored on a one-yard run to give the Redbirds a 10-7 lead with 12:02 remaining in the second quarter.

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Keoshian enjoyed a nice effort in a nonconference home game against Abilene Christian on Sept. 21. He rushed for 54 yards on 16 carries and tallied a pair of touchdowns to help Illinois State pick up a 31-17 victory. He scored on a 10-yard run in the first quarter to give the Redbirds a 7-0 lead before completing the scoring with a three-yard run in the fourth stanza.

In four games, Keoshian has rushed for 140 yards in 43 carries. He’s scored all five rushing touchdowns for Illinois State, which will next participate in a conference home contest versus Western Illinois at noon PDT Saturday.

Eric Verso (St. Francis High, 2011) sophomore forward, Stanford men’s soccer: The former All-Area honoree has had a knack for scoring key goals for the Cardinal during the first month of the season. Stanford has won five straight matches, its best surge since 2009. Verso has scored two match-winning goals during Stanford’s successful run.

Verso’s latest round of heroics came Sept. 22 during a nonconference home match against Colgate. Verso scored on a header off a rebound in the 47th minute to give the Cardinal a 1-0 victory. In a nonconference match against Santa Clara on Sept. 7, Verso scored in a 1-0 victory.

Against Colgate, Verso finished with three shots, including two on goal. In seven matches, Verso has four points and eight shots.

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