Kelan Luker

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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.

Football player[edit]

Luker is from Stephenville, Texas, where he was an All-Texas quarterback while competing for the Stephenville High School football team.[1][2] Kelan led Stephenville to a Texas state title in 1998 and then received a scholarship to play for Southern Methodist University.[3][4][5]

Bass player[edit]

After two years with SMU, Luker left football to play bass guitar in the Dallas based band Submersed.[6][7][8] 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.[9][10]

Return to football[edit]

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.[11][12][13] On August 28, 2008, Luker made his debut with Tarleton State in a 51-10 victory over the Savage Storm of Southeastern Oklahoma.[citation needed]

In 2013, Luker was working as a quarterbacks coach in Florida.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Luker drops back, finds success at QB Stephenville passes on tradition". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. October 7, 1997. 
  2. ^ "Stephenville QB takes aim at records". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. December 17, 1998. 
  3. ^ "Luker hopes to win QB job at SMU". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. August 10, 2001. 
  4. ^ "SMU passer sharp where it counts". The Dallas Morning News. April 8, 2001. 
  5. ^ "Burning Desire: Kelan Luker steps into the fire at quarterback with hopes of reviving SMU". The Dallas Morning News. August 23, 2001. 
  6. ^ "Rock on! Luker, SMU part; Former starting QB quits team to record, play with his band". The Dallas Morning News. July 24, 2002. 
  7. ^ "QB not tuning up for SMU: Junior considering being bass player in rock band over football". The Dallas Morning News. June 26, 2002. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Submersed Pony: Kelan Luker: SMU Quarterback; Former quarterback's career pick sounds better 'In Due Time'". The Dallas Morning News. April 25, 2005. 
  10. ^ Jim Harris and Max Brantley (April 28, 2005). "Rock tour takes LR shot". Arkansas Times. 
  11. ^ "QB position is put back on his playlist". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. May 7, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Full circle Six years after leaving football for music, Stephenville's Kelan Luker has left music for football". Abilene Reporter-News. August 24, 2008. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "A former Art Briles protege defines the Baylor coach's genius". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. November 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Luker: It's been long enough". Stephensville Empire-Tribune. December 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 9, 2013.