Former Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach High quarterback Tyler Keane is a member of the Buffalo Bills.
About six months after Keane played his final game in a CCU uniform, he was picked up by the NFL team.
But while some of his former teammates are trying to pursue pro playing careers, Keane is trying to make his impact off the field as a member of the team’s football staff.
He began working as an intern in the Bills’ analytics department in late May. Keane said it’s a paid internship that will last through the end of the season and possibly through the 2019 NFL Draft in late April.
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“I am hopeful that it will turn full-time after the draft,” Keane said. “I will be performing data analysis studies on several aspects for the team such as for the coaches in game planning, personnel department and sports science department.
“I knew when I graduated that this is what I wanted to do, I just had to find a connection that could help me with getting in with a team.”
Keane’s connection was Rick Mueller, who joined CCU head football coach Joe Moglia’s staff as executive director of player personnel in January. Mueller has worked in professional football for more than 20 years, including stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Keane, who has a degree in applied mathematics with a minor in statistics, worked with Mueller this spring on a study on the recruitment of high school players.
Mueller helped Keane reach out to a number of his contacts on NFL teams, and Keane said his resume was bolstered by working with the Coastal Carolina baseball team’s analytics this past season, which included learning a valued data software.