Name: Josh Keyes (pronounced Ki-ze)
Weight: 214 lbs.
Hometown: Grant, NY
High School: Chatham
2013 Stats: As a junior Josh Keyes emerged as a reliable linebacker and possibly one of the best past rushers in the core. Did not start, came in mostly to fill in for Kevin PIerre Louis at SLB. As a former safety Keyes showed good speed getting downfield, and finished third on the team with 3.5 sacks in 2013. In his 12 games last year (missed the game against Virginia Tech due to an injury) Keyes record thirty tackles and five tackles for loss.
2014 Projections: Keyes will be a great compliment to linebacker Steven Daniels, as the former is a fast pass rusher while the latterr is more of a bruiser. I predict big things of Keyes this year, for a multitude of reasons. One, he switched over to linebacker later in college so he is continuing to learn the position and improve. Secondly, Don Brown's defense is based off of speed and blitzing, and Keyes' skill set fits that beautifully. He most likely will be the starter at SLB this season.
How'd He Get Here: Keyes, a 2011 recruit, was rated a 2* recruit and chose BC which was his only offer at the team. Syracuse also showed some interest in him.
Uniform History: In 1981 & 1982 running back Howard Brown wore it on his way to 490 rushing yards with the Eagles. Wide receiver Jim Deines wore #25 in 1989, on his way to 11 catches with the Eagles. Multiple year starter, safety D.J Sutton, a safety wore number twenty five and 2008 free safety Chris Fox wore it as well. In the annals of the notorious, 2003 starting punter Jeff Gomulinski wore it before he was arrested for kidnapping and holding his girlfriend against her will.
What does Addazio Have To Say About Keyes:
"Those two guys are really explosive and you notice those are guys who can make plays for us.’’They call it quick twitch — those guys are like that,’’ Addazio said. "They hit a pass-rush move and — boom, boom — they beat you inside really quick. I think he’s very suited to play where he’s playing. He’s more suited there than in the back end because he’s a physical guy and he’s got that explosiveness.
What did KPL have to say about Keyes:
"He’s pretty much a secret weapon, I would say,’’ Pierre-Louis said of Keyes, who this season also has six tackles, a forced fumble, and a quarterback hurry. "Not necessarily [to] us, because we know he can play. But he’s more of a secret weapon going up against opposing offenses."