Keith Loneker Jr.
Career Honors: 2018: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (spring). 2017: Academic All-Big 12 First Team; Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall and spring). 2016: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall and spring); KU Special Teams Player of the Week (Memphis); Academic All-Big 12 First Team. 2015: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (fall).
2018 (Sr.): Nicholls: Started at linebacker in the season-opener … Turned in nine total tackles with 1.0 tackle-for-loss … at Central Michigan: Credited with nine total tackles, 1.0 sack and 1.5 TFLs … Rutgers: Turned in six stops in the win over the Scarlet Knights … at Baylor: Started at linebacker … Totaled eight tackles with one break up and one quarterback hurry …Oklahoma State: started at linebacker … Credited with four tackles and one quarterback hurry …at West Virginia: Started at linebacker … Recorded two tackles …at Texas Tech: Started at linebacker … Totaled nine tackles with a pass break up … TCU: Started at linebacker for eight straight games … Recorded two tackles and reeled in his first interceptionon the season … Iowa State: Totaled two tackles including a tackle for loss … at Kansas State: Started at linebacker in his last Sunflower Showdown … Recorded seven tackles including a tackle for loss … at Oklahoma: Recorded five tackles including a tackle for loss including a pass break up … Texas: Started at linebacker in his final game as a Jayhawk … Tallied five tackles.
2017 (Jr.): Played and started all 12 games at linebacker … Finished seventh on the team with 46 total stops, including 33 solo hits … Produced 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks … Also had one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble … SEMO: Opened the season with two solo hits … at Ohio: Had three tackles … West Virginia: Collected two solo tackles and forced a fumble … Texas Tech: Posted five tackles against the Red Raiders … at Iowa State: Had two tackles … at TCU: Collected two solos … K-State: Tallied four solo hits against the Wildcats … Also had 1.0 TFL … Baylor: Had five tackles … at Texas: Turned in a season-high 10 tackles, including seven solos … Also had 1.5 sacks and 1.5 TFLs in the game … Oklahoma: Posted six total tackles, including five of the solo variety … at Oklahoma State: Collected five tackles and 1.0 TFL in the season finale
2016 (So.): Started four games and saw time in all 12 … Posted 43 tackles, 30 of which were in the last three games … Bolstered a career-high 16 stops in KU’s overtime win against Texas … Broke up four passes on the season … Rhode Island: Made two tackles in his Jayhawk debut, also broke up a pass and hurried the quarterback in KU’s victory … Ohio: Saw time on special teams, but did not record any statistics … at Memphis: Earned KU’s Special Teams Player of the Week award … at Texas Tech: Notched two tackles, was credited with 0.5 tackles-for-loss and helped post KU’s first safety since 2012 against the Red Raiders … TCU: Contributed a then-career-high seven tackles – 0.5 for loss – and two pass breakups … at Oklahoma: Contributed two tackles … Iowa State: Totaled a then-career-high eight tackles against the Cyclones … Texas: Gathered a career-high 16 tackles in the victory over the Longhorns, highlighted by a fourth-down stop of the Big 12 Conference’s leading rusher in the fourth quarter to give the Jayhawk offense a drive to tie the game … at K-State: Collected six stops against the Wildcats.
2015 (So.): Sat out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
2014 (Fr. at Baker University): Earned Freshman All-America honors after leading the Wildcats with 90 tackles, 40 solo and 50 assisted, in his first season … Helped Baker and head coach Mike Grossner to a Heart of America Conference championship … Recorded a career-high 15 tackles and half a tackle-for-loss against Benedictine.
High School: Graduated from Free State HS as the school’s all-time leader for defensive points in a season, assisted tackles and single-game receiving yardage … Named a two-time All-Sunflower League Conference selection at linebacker and wide receiver in 2012 and 2013, taking home first-team honors at linebacker in 2013 … Also earned all-state honors at linebacker as a senior … Helped Free State to consecutive district championships and one Sunflower League Conference title … Played for head coach Bob Lisher … Selected to play in the 2014 Kansas Shrine Bowl and was the game’s Most Valuable Player … Also participated in the Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game … Lettered three years in basketball … Named Free State’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014 and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Kelly Loneker and the late Keith Loneker … Father, Keith, was a First Team All-Big Eight Conference selection during his playing career at Kansas and played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons … Has one sister, Kylee, who played soccer at Fort Hays State University … Majoring in accounting and finance … Had a part in the film “Underdogs” his junior year of high school.