Recruiting Central

Lynden, Washington OL Kettels battles through injury, earns D-I shot

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Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a series of profiles about Montana State’s recently signed football recruits. The Bobcats signed 15 players during the second signing period that culminated in February.

If the mental toughness of playing a senior year on a torn knee is any indication, Jacob Kettels will be just fine in his transition to Division I football.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Lynden, Washington suffered a torn ACL in June before his senior year. The three-year starting left tackle did not miss a game in 2018, instead earning Washington Class 2A all-state honors and earning a spot on the all-conference team for the third straight season.

Kettels had surgery to repair the torn knee after the season. In the last few weeks, he has started running, a crucial step in his rehabilitation.

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a series of profiles about Montana State’s recently signed football recruits. The Bobcats signed 15 players during the second signing period that culminated in February.

If the mental toughness of playing a senior year on a torn knee is any indication, Jacob Kettels will be just fine in his transition to Division I football.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Lynden,
Washington suffered a torn ACL in June before his senior year. The three-year
starting left tackle did not miss a game in 2018, instead earning Washington
Class 2A all-state honors and earning a spot on the all-conference team for the
third straight season.

Kettels had surgery to repair the torn knee after the season. In the last few weeks, he has started running, a crucial step in his rehabilitation.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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