6 p.m. kickoff at Aggie Stadium for the first home game of the Dan Hawkins era
The Dan Hawkins era will open on the road against a Mountain West Conference foe, the fifth time in as many seasons the Aggies faced an opponent from this league
Veterans set the tone for this group of savvy returners and energetic newcomers
Former Cal walk-on later coached at his alma mater and Fresno State
Keane returns to UC Davis after serving as offensive coordinator at the College of Idaho where he helped restart the Coyotes’ program in 2013 with former Aggie assistant coach Mike Moroski. He directed an offense that gained an impressive 4,190 total yards in just their first season in 2014 while averaging 25 points per game. The Coyotes improved on that this past season, totaling 4,514 yards and scoring 28.5 ppg.
Three of his offensive players were named to the All-Frontier Conference first team last fall, including center Greg Dohmen who was College of Idaho’s first lineman to receive all-league honors in nearly 60 years. Keane, who assisted Moroski with offensive line duties at UC Davis in 2007, spent two years as a graduate assistant at Tulane before returning to UC Davis to coach the line from 2010-12.
Keane was a four-year letterwinner for UC Davis from 2003-06. He was the starting center for the Aggies’ monumental 20-17 upset at Stanford during his junior season, started 22 consecutive games during his final two seasons and became the first Aggie to twice win the Bob Oliver Award as the team’s “unsung hero”. He part of a line that allowed just 13 sacks in 419 passing plays in 2006.
Keane earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in 2006. He and his wife, Carrie, are parents to a son, Timothy.
Aggies hold numerous top NCAA numbers
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