Josh Keyes Named FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week


Yesterday, senior Boston College linebacker Josh Keyes was named as the Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America.

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Keyes, a 6-foot-2 native New Yorker, was a standout for the Boston College defense as they shocked the college football world last week by defeating the #9 USC Trojans at Alumni Stadium.

Josh Keyes’ defensive numbers left little to be desired. He totaled eight tackles on the evening, plus a sack and an astonishing 5.5 tackles for a loss. He was about a third of Boston College’s elevated team total of sixteen for the night.

On Saturday night, Keyes managed to tie his career high with eight tackles in a single game, and far exceeded his previous career high of 1.5 tackles for a loss in a single game, which was earned in 2013 against Maryland.

Prior to being named the Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Josh Keyes had the honor of being selected as the ACC Linebacker of the Week. He was amongst three Boston College players who gained recognition following Week 3 action.

Eagles fans know that Keyes was an under-the-radar sort of player in his early years on the Heights, though the potential was seen when he stepped onto the field and delivered some crushing hits on opposing offensive players. Now, he is getting starting playing time as the Eagles’ Sam linebacker, and he has made the most of it.

Congratulations go out to Keyes and the other Eagles who earned ACC honors.