Kelan Luker (born December 18, 1980) is a former American football player and rock musician and a current American football coach. He played at the quarterback position for Southern Methodist University and at the bass guitar position for the band Submersed.
Luker is from Stephenville, Texas, where he was an All-Texas quarterback while competing for the Stephenville High School football team. Kelan led Stephenville to a Texas state title in 1998 and then received a scholarship to play for Southern Methodist University.
After two years with SMU, Luker left football to play bass guitar in the Dallas based band Submersed. With the band, Luker re-located to Florida and with the help of then-former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, the band signed a record deal with Wind-up Records. Submersed found success with the release of two full length albums, In Due Time and Immortal Verses.
Return to football
In April 2008, Luker announced that with two years of eligibility left, he planned on returning to college football to play for Tarleton State University. On August 28, 2008, Luker made his debut with Tarleton State in a 51-10 victory over the Savage Storm of Southeastern Oklahoma.
- "Luker drops back, finds success at QB Stephenville passes on tradition". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. October 7, 1997.
- "Stephenville QB takes aim at records". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. December 17, 1998.
- "Luker hopes to win QB job at SMU". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. August 10, 2001.
- "SMU passer sharp where it counts". The Dallas Morning News. April 8, 2001.
- "Burning Desire: Kelan Luker steps into the fire at quarterback with hopes of reviving SMU". The Dallas Morning News. August 23, 2001.
- "Rock on! Luker, SMU part; Former starting QB quits team to record, play with his band". The Dallas Morning News. July 24, 2002.
- "QB not tuning up for SMU: Junior considering being bass player in rock band over football". The Dallas Morning News. June 26, 2002.
- Zac Crain (August 1, 2002). "Taking the Field: SMU quarterback trades in his cleats for a bass guitar, and we've got our eye on the ball". Dallas Observer.
- "Submersed Pony: Kelan Luker: SMU Quarterback; Former quarterback's career pick sounds better 'In Due Time'". The Dallas Morning News. April 25, 2005.
- Jim Harris and Max Brantley (April 28, 2005). "Rock tour takes LR shot". Arkansas Times.
- "QB position is put back on his playlist". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. May 7, 2008.
- "Full circle Six years after leaving football for music, Stephenville's Kelan Luker has left music for football". Abilene Reporter-News. August 24, 2008.
- "Six years after leaving football for music, Stephenville's Kelan Luker has left music for football". Abilene Reporter-News. August 24, 2008. Archived from the original on August 9, 2014.
- "A former Art Briles protege defines the Baylor coach's genius". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. November 5, 2013.
- "Luker: It's been long enough". Stephensville Empire-Tribune. December 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 9, 2013.