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Darren Keyton
G #68
Height:
6-3
Weight:
312
Age:
25
College:
Central Michigan
Hometown:
Traverse City, Mich.
Experience:
1

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Biography

First-year center who rejoins the Lions in 2015 as a free agent after participating in the team’s training camps in 2013 and 2014.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Lions as a free agent on February 6, 2015.
  • Released by the Lions on December 29, 2014.
  • Signed by the Lions to the active roster from the practice squad on December 27, 2014.
  • Signed by the Lions to the practice squad on November 11, 2014.
  • Released by the Lions on August 30, 2014.
  • Signed by the Lions as a free agent on January 30, 2014.
  • Released by the Lions on August 31, 2013.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 13, 2013.

PRO
First-year center who rejoins the Lions in 2015 as a free agent after participating in the team’s training camps in 2013 and 2014.

COLLEGE

2012: Named team Offensive Upfront Co-Player of the Year after starting all 13 games at right guard. Part of an offensive line that averaged 6.2 yards per play, ranking second best in the Mid-American Conference.

  • Contributed to an offense that produced nearly 400 yards of offense per game and scored 30 or more points in 10 games, while anchoring an offensive line that allowed just 15 sacks. CMU’s 15 sacks allowed ranked 17th, nationally.
  • Helped pave the way for RB Zurlon Tipton to rush for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns, the second-highest total by any Chippewa back in school history.
  • Protected QB Ryan Radcliff as he threw for 3,000-plus yards for the third consecutive season (3,158).

2011: Starting center for season opener against SCSU before resuming duties at right guard for the rest of the season.

  • Co-recipient of CMU’s Offensive Upfront Player of the Year award.

2010: Started at right guard in eight games as a sophomore.

  • Part of an offensive line that contributed to 429 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a loss at Northwestern.

2009: Competed in all 14 games, making three starts at center and also seeing action on special teams.

  • Made his first career start at Western Michigan.

2008: Redshirted.

PERSONAL
Three-year starter at Traverse City West (Mich.) High School where he was ranked as the No. 43 prospect on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50. Helped lead his team to a Big North Conference title and state playoff berth as a junior.

  • Was a two-time all-conference selection that finished with 38 pancake blocks and graded at 90-percent for his career as an offensive lineman.
  • Also earned three varsity letters in basketball.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Caldwell on the roster moves

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Head Coach Jim Caldwell talks about the roster moves and the team's preparations for Thursday's preseason finale.

  • Quin on playing the Bills

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Free Safety Glover Quin talks about facing the Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills in the preseason finale on Thursday.

  • Copeland on being on the roster bubble

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Linebacker Brandon Copeland talks about making his mark in the final preseason game to try and earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

  • Hunt on the final preseason game

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Defensive end Phillip Hunt talks about his anticipation and excitement for the final preseason game this coming Thursday.

  • Wright on joining the Lions

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Newly acquired TE Tim Wright talks about what he's going to try to accomplish to earn on a spot on the Lions 53-man roster.

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