Keene monitored for concussion issues as Bulldogs gear up for Senior Day

Uncertainty over the status of Fresno State’s starting quarterback reigns as the team fights for a spot in the Mountain West title game.

Fresno State quarterback Mikey Keene has dealt with a few injuries this year, but a concussion last week against San Jose State brings further uncertainty as the season winds down.

Whether or not Keene will be good to go on Saturday, the Bulldogs are preparing to send their senior off on a high note in what will likely be the last time they play at home.


The big picture: Head Coach Jeff Tedford said Monday that Keene had some minor concussion symptoms during the game against the Spartans, leading to his absence in the second half. 

  • Keene was doing better on Sunday and will be monitored throughout the week. 
  • Offensive Coordinator Pat McCann said Keene’s availability this week against New Mexico is uncertain at this point. 
  • Aside from Keene, Fresno State will be without starting left tackle Jacob Spomer for the rest of the season after he went down with an injury against San Jose State. Tedford revealed Monday that Spomer tore his ACL. 

Scouting the opposition: New Mexico is in the midst of a rough year with a 3-7 record, including going 1-5 in conference play – tied with San Diego State for worst in the Mountain West. 

  • On paper, Fresno State’s offensive struggles against San Jose State should be confined to just that one game since New Mexico brings in the worst defense in the Mountain West. The Lobos rank last in the conference allowing nearly 36 points per game. 

What they’re saying: “He had some minor concussion symptoms, so felt like it was important that we protect him from that,” Tedford said of Keene. “He was OK yesterday, but it’s something that we monitor for sure.” 

  • Saturday also marks Senior Day for the Bulldogs, marking the last time that players such as receiver Erik Brooks and linebacker Levelle Bailey will play in Valley Children’s Stadium. 
  • Tedford said Senior Day is always emotional as players often have tears coming down the ramp for the last time. 
  • “Senior Day’s always an emotional day,” Tedford said. “It’s a great day because you’ve seen the guys, especially the guys that were here before when I was here – Erik Brooks, Steven Comstock and some of those guys who have been here for a long, long time. It’s always an emotional day for them going down the ramp for the last time. We’re going to work our hardest. We’re going to have to play really well to get a win, but would be nice to see the seniors out on a positive note.”
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