UND Roster

2015-16 Football Roster

#6 KeiVarae Russell


Height 5'11''
Weight 196 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Everett, WA
High School Mariner


Bednarik Award Watch List (2014)

• Nagurski Trophy Watch List (2014)

• FWAA Freshman All-American (2012)

• CBS Sports.com Freshman All-American (2012)

• Sporting News Second Team Freshman All-American (2012)

• Scout.com Second Team Freshman All-American (2012)


All-purpose yards: 31, Michigan, Sep 22, 2012

Interceptions: 1, three times

Long interception return: 31, Michigan, Sep 22, 2012

Tackles: 9, at Oklahoma, Oct 27, 2012 (6-3)

Sacks: .5, Purdue, Sep 08, 2012 (0-1)

Tackles for loss: 1.0, BYU, Oct 20, 2012 (1-0); at Air Force, Oct 26, 2013 (1-0)

Fumbles recovered: 1, at Air Force, Oct 26, 2013

Pass breakups: 3, vs Rutgers, Dec 28, 2013 ; Michigan State, Sep 21, 2013

JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Was not enrolled at the University.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Started all 13 games at cornerback … has started all 26 games over his two year career … registered 51 total tackles, including 40 solo stops … collected one and a half tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry and eight pass breakups … collected a pair of tackles, one interception and three pass breakups in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28) … recorded a season-high seven tackles in the victory over BYU (Nov. 30) … registered six tackles, all solo, a tackle for loss and fumble recovery in the victory at Air Force (Oct. 26) … had six tackles, all solo, in the victory over Arizona State (Oct. 5) … added four tackles against Michigan (Sept. 7), Purdue (Sept. 14), Michigan State (Sept. 21), Navy (Nov. 2) and Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) … broke up three passes against Michigan State (Sept. 21).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Enjoyed an exceptional freshman campaign, starting all 13 games … named to Freshman All-America teams by both Football Writers Association of America and CBS Sports.com … selected a second-team Freshman All-American by Sporting News and Scout.com … recorded 58 tackles (fifth on the team), 37 of which were solo, with two tackles for loss … ranked third on the Irish with two interceptions … opened the season with five tackles against Navy (Sept. 1) … combined with teammate Louis Nix III for a half sack of quarterback Robert Marve in the win over Purdue (Sept. 8) … picked off first career pass against Michigan (Sept. 22), and returned the ball a career-long 31 yards … was the second freshman to log an interception during the game (Nicky Baratti) … finished with six tackles in the Shamrock Series game against Miami (Oct. 6) … credited with seven total tackles against Stanford (Oct. 13) … six unassisted stops, including one for a loss, in the victory over BYU (Oct. 20) … had career-high nine tackles (six unassisted) and a half tackle for loss in the triumph at Oklahoma (Oct. 27) … recorded five total tackles against Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) … ended the regular season with three tackles and a crucial interception of signalcaller Max Wittek in Irish territory during the win at USC (Nov. 24) … tallied eight tackles in BCS National Championship Game vs. Alabama.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Listed 122nd player nationally on 247Sports chart of top prospects … ranked the fifth-best all-purpose back in the nation and third-best player from Washington by 247Sports … rated 124th on Rivals.com Rivals250 list … listed as ninth-best athlete in the nation and third-best player in Washington by Rivals.com … rated number-138 player nationally and 12th-best tailback in his class by MaxPreps and Tom Lemming … rated 12th nationally among running backs and fourth-best player in Washington by SuperPrep … listed 207th nationally on Scout.com Scout 300 rankings … named to Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 list as one of the 100 best players in 13 western U.S. states … first-team 2011 Washington Class 4A all-state running back by Associated Press … gained 1,293 rushing yards on 177 attempts with 14 TDs as senior in 2011 despite missing three games due to injury … also caught five passes in 2011 for 69 yards and one TD and completed all three of his passes for 58 yards and another TD … first-team all-area running back by Everett Herald – and finished second in voting for all-area offensive player of the year … standout running back at Mariner High School in Everett, Wash. … rushed 30 times for 284 yards and four TDs in 28-24 win over Mount Vernon in second game of 2011 season … accounted for 1,850 rushing yards on 288 carries with 20 TDs as a junior in 2010 … rushed 159 times for 1,232 yards and 14 TDs as a sophomore in 2009, to go with five catches for 120 yards and two TDs … also played defensive back as a sophomore, making 25 tackles and three interceptions … carried 36 times as freshman for 182 yards and two TDs in 2008 … selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio … coached by John Ondriezek at Mariner High School … son of Keith Russell and Yolanda Phillips … enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting.

Russell’s Career Statistics

2012 13-13 58 37 21 2.0-7 0.0-0 0 0 0
2013 13-13 51 40 11 1.5-2 0.5-4 0 1 0
TOTALS 26-26 109 77 32 3.5-9 0.5-4 0 1 0