21 Kealand Dirks
21 Kealand Dirks
Height: 6-0
Weight: 250
Year: R-Sr.
Hometown: Clemmons, N.C.
High School: West Forsyth
Position: RB

2018 Game-By-Game Summary

2017 — Crafted an All-SoCon season as part of one of the SoCon’s most productive backfields...second team pick in voting by league media...rushed for 152 times for 720 yards and nine touchdowns... combined with All-SoCon teammate Antonio Wilcox to account for 1,534 yards and 23 scores that played a key role in Furman’s 8-5 season, a FCS playoff berth, and No. 19 ranking in the STATS FCS Final Poll...strong play was a major factor in FU leading the SoCon and ranking sixth nationally in third-down conversion percentage (.486)...sat out the season opener against Wofford and didn’t register his first carry until game three against N.C. State...hit stride two weeks later against East Tennessee State (56-35 win), rushing 15 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns...followed that up with 19 carries for 101 yards versus Chattanooga (41-17 win)...ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns against VMI (42-10 win)...turned in one of the top performances of his career in a 28-6 road win over Western Carolina, rushing 15 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by a 53-yard scoring burst...combined with Wilcox (202 yards, TD) in delivering season high 343-yard team rushing effort versus the Catamounts....ran for 83 yards and two scores the next week against The Citadel (56-20 win), marking the Paladins’ seventh straight triumph.

2017 Game-By-Game Summary

2016 — Saw action in six games and made one start...start proved memorable as he rushed 17 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-21 rout of Western Carolina...171-yard performance was the highest rushing tally by a Paladin running back in 2016...had a career high 57-yard run against the Catamounts...also had touchdown plunges against both Chattanooga and Coastal Carolina.

2016 Game-By-Game Summary

2015 — Registered playing time over the season’s final seven games....rushed 22 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns...scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard plunge versus Western Carolina as part of an eight-carry, 27-yard game performance...followed that up the next week with 10 rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown against Mercer, scoring a game tying touchdown on a 2-yard run with 43 seconds remaining in regulation.

2014 — Member of scout team...awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility.

High School:  2014 graduate of West Forsyth (4A) High School...football coach was Adrian Snow...played running back...grew up in Commerce, Texas, before moving to North Carolina prior to his sophomore year...rushed 516 times for 3,462 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons at West Forsyth...two-time all-county, All-Central Piedmont Conference, and Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest selection...ran 248 times for 1,501 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013, helping lead his squad to a 12-3 record, conference championship, and state playoff semi-final finish...also starred in track, earning all-region honors in the shotput, 4x100m and 4x200m in 2013.

Personal:  Full name is Kealand O’Neil Dirks...born October 5, 1995, in Greenville, Texas...parents are Ricky and Barbara Dirks...has a brother, Keasean...father was a standout running back at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2004...history major.