Caleb Pollema –Staff Writer
Keithen Drury is a junior mechanical engineering major from Blue Hill, Neb. As a running back, Drury leads the Great Plains Athletic Conference with 478 total rushing yards and 159.3 yards per game. He started playing football in the sixth grade and now wears number 25 for the Defender football team.
Q: What sports other than football did you play throughout high school?
KD: Basketball and track. I was awful at basketball. Track I was all right at, but basketball I was absolutely garbage.
Q: What athletes did you look up to growing up?
KD: Since I am from Nebraska, I really looked up to Rex Burkhead because he was a really good Nebraska running back. He is also a very strong Christian man and did a lot with the FCA programs around the state.
Q: Why did you come to Dordt?
KD: I came to Dordt because it was a small enough school where I could play football and also major in engineering. That was the main draw here, but the Christian aspect was also really nice. It was fairly close to home, only about five hours away so it was nice to stay somewhere close to home.
Q: What are your personal goals for the season?
KD: As a running back, one of my goals is [to] never let anyone drive me back. I want to be a dominant blocker, but I don’t really have any statistical goals for the season. I just want to be the best version of myself I can be.
Q: What are your goals as a team for this season?
KD: The big thing for our team is that we want to be as successful as we can, but also stay together as a brotherhood too. We are going to stay together as a team. It’s not going to become the “I” show or the “Keithen Drury” show or the “Brock Lamle” show. Even the guys on defense, it’s not going to be the “Josiah Kotte” show or the “Tyson Dahlgrin” show. It’s going to be the Dordt Defenders. We just want to be as successful as possible. We want to be one of the top teams in the GPAC, that’s always up there. Beat Northwestern. All of those goals will be accomplished if we just play together as a team by believing in each other and our brother next to us.
Q: What has been your favorite memory playing football here at Dordt?
KD: The most fun memory has been coming into the locker room after practice and everyone is messing around and having a good time. It’s an all-encompassing experience for me.
Q: What are your plans after college?
KD: I would like to get a job. I want to be hired by someone that deals with engineering, maybe something that is lined up with my hobbies. I would like to stay in the Midwest if that’s possible.