UNLV opens the 2015 season on the road against NIU.
UNLV: A highly recruited back who has been used in the backfield and on both kickoff and punt returns during his first two years for the Rebels … Listed No. 1 at the RB spot heading into fall … Last name is pronounced “WHITE-lee.”
2014: Led the Rebels in rushing with 504 net yards with a long of 39 … Played in all 13 games, including starting four straight … First collegiate start came at San Diego State on Sept. 27 … Rushed for more than 80 yards in four different games … Went for 87 yards on 18 carries vs. Fresno State on Oct. 10; ran for 86 on 15 attempts during a visit to hometown of Houston on Sept. 20; and finished with 82 yards on a dozen rushes vs. Northern Colorado … Scored one touchdown each at Houston and vs. New Mexico on Nov. 1 … Finished seventh on the team with 22 receptions, which he took for 186 yards with a long of 21 … Returned 12 kickoffs for an average of 24.4 and long of 38 while also fielding six punts on the year.
2013: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 13 games … Appeared in the backfield and also was a big part of the squad’s return game … Rushed 10 times for a net of 56 yards and a long of 15 … Served as team’s primary punt returner and handled 15 attempts for 43 yards (2.9) with a long of 14 … Also tied for the team lead in kickoff return attempts, taking 18 back for 407 yards (22.6) with a long of 46.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at La Porte HS near Houston for coach Jeff LaReau … A three-star recruit according to Scout.com, which listed him as the No. 87 RB recruit in the nation … Ranked the No. 122 RB by 247Sports.com … A highly decorated student-athlete who helped his team to back-to-back 21-5A titles while playing RB, safety and KR … Named 2012 District MVP as a senior after rushing for 1,347 yards and nine touchdowns … Preseason All-Greater Houston Second Team selection by the Chronicle after an all-district junior campaign that included 1,400 rushing yards and 13 scores … A three-sport letterwinner for the Bulldogs having also competed in track and baseball.
PERSONAL: Keith Michael Whitely was born April 25, 1995 … The son of Keith and Michelle Whitely … Father, Keith, lettered at the University of Houston and served as his son’s position coach in high school ... His uncle, Antonio Armstrong, was a four-year letterman as a LB for Texas A&M (1991-94) before moving on to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers … Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.