Bankhead Close to Realizing Dream

Dawgman.com spoke recently with Seattle (Wash.) Ballard safety Keauntea Bankhead, who talked about life after signing a letter of intent to play football with the University of Washington. With football still on the horizon, this is the time to take care of the other business in a student-athlete's life - academics. Bankhead is doing what it takes to make sure his dream of playing Division-One football comes true.

"Right now I'm taking classes to bump up my grade point," Keauntea said. Bankhead has already taken pass packets in science, is nearly done with one in history and is working toward finishing his last one, which is math. "I won't be taking any summer school classes."

With the GPA-side of things being taken care of, all that's left is the matter of a standardized test score. Keauntea's current situation is reminiscent of former Husky corner Eric Shyne.

Shyne, from Pomona, California, kept taking the SAT until he received a qualifying score and then enrolled during winter quarter, getting the benefit of an extra spring before the start of his freshman year. Bankhead took the SAT Saturday and has at least one more chance with the ACT before Washington's season starts.

Keauntea, who put his chances of enrolling on time this fall at 'eighty-five percent', is still doing his part to stay in shape while he takes care of his classwork. He's up to 210 pounds right now, but still appears to be in very good shape.

"I'm running 4 miles every other day with my god-brother Fred (Hawthorne), said Bankhead. "Once I can get into school I'll be able to work out with the team, but right now I'm just working out on my own."

The multi-sport athlete earned honorable mention honors for the Beavers in basketball, averaging 16 points per game.

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