Keena Earns C-USA Fall Spirit Of Service Award
Senior P Eric Keena Was One Of 14 Recipients Across The Conference
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced the 14 student-athletes that will receive the C-USA Fall Spirit of Service Award today. Senior punter Eric Keena was selected to represent North Texas. The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service Award will be presented three times throughout the season, with today’s honorees representing Conference USA’s fall sports: football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
2016 Fall C-USA Spirit of Service Honorees:
Martha Thomas, Charlotte, Women’s Soccer
Tia Clay, FIU, Volleyball
Greg Joseph, Florida Atlantic, Football
Brandon Lewis-Graham, Louisiana Tech, Men’s Cross County
Will Shaffer, Marshall, Men’s Cross Country
Jacqueline Lux, Middle Tennessee, Volleyball
Eric Keena, North Texas, Football
Tyler Compton, Old Dominion, Football
Shelby Livingstone, Rice, Volleyball
Daphney Stanford, Southern Miss, Women’s Cross Country
Erik Henze, UAB, Men’s Soccer
Cosmas Boit, UTEP, Men’s Cross Country
Megan Slan, UTSA, Volleyball
Kaelin Grimes, WKU, Volleyball
C-USA Official Release [PDF]
Keena will finish his football career for the Mean Green with an appearance in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl and a degree in kinesiology with a minor in business. On the field, the Keller, Texas, native was 11th nationally among active punters (44.2), pinned 20 punts inside the 20-yard line and served as a team captain during his senior campaign, while also appearing on the Ray Guy Award watch list. More importantly than his work between the hashes, Keena was a heavily involved figure in the community. He was a three-year member of SAAC, and he participated in various charitable organizations including One Shirt One Body Clothing Drive, Carriage House Assisted Living Facility, North Texas Food Bank Collections, Shepherd’s Hand Food Bank Collections, Denton Food Pantry and WFAA Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive.
The Mean Green, in their first year under rookie head coach Seth Littrell, made one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation, going from 1-11 in 2015 to 5-7 in 2016. The Mean Green are slated to oppose Army in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
Bowl-game tickets are on sale now through the North Texas Ticket Office, and ticket information is available at www.meangreenbowlgame.com.