Sunday Morning Spotlight: TE Dustin Keller

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Dec. 11, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) celebrates during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

In this week’s Sunday Morning Spotlight, we take a look at a big piece to the 2012 story on the offensive side of the ball. He is Mark Sanchez’s favorite target, and his security blanket. Spotlight on TE Dustin Keller.

We go back to his high school days to start his story. At Jefferson High School in Lafayette, IN, Dustin Keller was a three sport star in football, basketball, and track. During his senior year of high school, Keller was the leading wide receiver in the state, second team All-State in baseketball, and state high jump champion. Clearly, Dustin was a gifted athlete even then.

He went to collge at Purdue, although many people probably don’t know that he actually verbally committed elsewhere. He had committed to the University of Toledo, until the Purdue head coach at the time personally reached out to Dustin. His interest, plus the fact that Purdue was in Keller’s home state, convinced Dustin to make the switch and play at Purdue.

Keller earned the starting job in his redshirt sophmore season, and his play steadily improved, so much that he was the most valuable offensive player in the Motor City bowl, and his teammates voted him MVP that season.

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