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Tim Keane
Tim Keane - UC Davis

At six-feet four-inches, two hundred-eighty pounds, it's easy to understand why they call Tim Keane "Hoss." It's a nickname that applied to the former football, wrestling and track star during his time at Palm Springs High but is even more appropriate today. Keane has beefed up his body and made the transition from high school tight-end to starting center on the 2005 Great West Conference Champion UC Davis football team.

Not that the transition was an easy one. "You go from hearing your name over the public address system to anonamously doing the grunt work," he said just after a team meeting in November. "It was difficult."

It may have been difficult but it was also rewarding. "I love it here. Being around people with similar views about commitment to academics and life has been rewarding," said Keane. The Psychology major seems to like everything about the Davis campus. "We get a change in seasons here. Cold, rain, you name it. That's been nice," he added.

Also nice has been the memories that Keane expects to last a lifetime. Events that have taken his breath away. A 20-17 Aggie victory over heavily favored Stanford this season is something Keane said he "will never forget. No one gave us a chance going into the game." Winning the GWC title is another moment forever etched in his memory.

Winning titles and overcoming long odds are nothing new to Keane. The Indians won two Desert Valley League championships and traveled deep into the CIF playoffs while Keane was at PSHS. According to Keane, an upset CIF playoff victory over powerhouse Rubidoux was a precursor to the Stanford game five years later. "During the Stanford game," Keane stated," I flashed back to coach Fabian's words (before the Rubidox game). He told us to believe in ourselves and enjoy the moment."

Keane's time at PSHS laid what he called a "solid foundation for college." Despite a 4.0+ high school GPA, Keane said he "had to do a better job with time management at Davis." The hard work has paid off. Keane expects to graduate on time.

Comedian George Carlin once said, "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." In his short journey from Palm Springs High School to UC Davis, "Hoss" has had plenty of those.