Photos from San Jose State's season-opener against Sacramento State on August 29, 2013.
AT SAN JOSE STATE: Fourth season with the Spartans... Returning starter at a linebacker position... Projected to be one of the top linebackers in the Mountain West Conference in 2013...Played in 37 games and has 33 starts... Had a 25-game starting streak that ended in 2012... First San Jose State player to receive Freshman All-America recognition from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)...Three-time All-WAC linebacker... WAC Defensive Player of the Week twice... First Spartan named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Freshman of the Year... Two-time College Football Performance Awards National Linebacker Performer of the Week.. Seventh on the San Jose State career list with 317 tackles... First Spartan in five years with back-to-back seasons (2010 and 2011) with 100 or more tackles... 14 games with 10 or more tackles... 16 games with at least 0.5 tackles for loss... Shares the San Jose State career record for forced fumbles with seven... Two streaks in his career playing at least 600 consecutive snaps... A 2010 Academic All-WAC honoree and 2011 San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete.
2012: First-team All-WAC linebacker... Tied for 13th nationally and led the WAC with four forced fumbles... Team leader in tackles with 97...Four games with 10 or more tackles...Matched a career-high with 19 tackles in the BYU win (11/17) and added 2.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a quarterback sack and a pass break up... College Football Performance Awards' National Linebacker of the Week and WAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the BYU victory... First major college interception came in the Texas State win (10/27)... Shared game-high honors for most tackles with 11 against UTSA (10/20)... Missed the Navy game due to an injury... Led the Spartans with 13 tackles at Stanford (8/31)... Began the season on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
2011: Started all 12 games... Second-team All-WAC linebacker for the second season in a row...Team leader and sixth in the WAC for tackles per game... Five games with 10 or more tackles... Led the squad and tied for 41st nationally with three forced fumbles... First forced fumble became a 20-yard touchdown run by teammate Duke Ihenacho in the Colorado State win (10/1)... Named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week after the Colorado State victory with 10 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss to go with the forced fumble... Third forced fumble led to a fourth-quarter TD drive in the Fresno State victory (11/26)... Career high 12 unassisted tackles as part of a season-high 16 stops, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery at Brigham Young (10/8)... In on a tackle for loss in four of the first six games... Played 645 consecutive snaps before getting a break during the Navy game (11/19).
2010: Amassed one of the most productive seasons by a San Jose State freshman... FWAA Freshman All-America... collegefootballnews.com second team and Phil Steele third team Freshman All-America honors... The WAC Freshman of the Year... Played in all 13 games and became a starter for the final nine games of the season... Played every defensive snap (660) beginning with the UC Davis game (10/2) through the remainder of the year... Leading freshman tackler in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 116... 14.0 tackles for loss is the top figure by a FBS freshman linebacker since the NCAA began recognizing tackles for loss in 2000 as an official statistic... Fourth best overall tackles for loss season total by a FBS freshman... Had a tackle for loss in eight games and at least 2.0 tackles for loss three times... Five games with 10 or more tackles topped by 19 tackles (10 solo, nine assisted) against Utah State (11/13)... 14 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 quarterback sacks against Fresno State (10/23)... 4.5 tackles for loss was the best single-game total by a 2010 FBS freshman defensive player... Named Co-National Linebacker of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com for the Fresno State game... Team's leading tackler in six games... 13 tackles at New Mexico State (10/30), Louisiana Tech (11/27) and at Idaho (12/4)... Only player on the team with 10 or more tackles in back-to-back games and accomplished the feat twice in WAC action... Recovered a fumble in the Utah game... Was on the back end of a fumble return of 34 yards at Hawai'i (11/20).
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (Coach Lou Farrar) and track and field at Charter Oak High in Covina, Calif... The 2009 Miramonte League Defensive Player of the Year... Led his team to a 13-1 record in 2009 with a team-high 132 tackles, 90 of them solo... In on 110 tackles, 5.0 quarterback sacks and recovered three fumbles as a junior... Two-time All-CIF Southeast Southern Section pick... Threw the shot put in track and field.
MORE ON KEITH: A communication studies major... Is interested in the sports management and athletic training curricula... The native of Pomona, Calif., was born on April 8, 1992.