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Darren Keyton
G #68
Height:
6-3
Weight:
305
Age:
24
College:
Central Michigan
Hometown:
Traverse City, Mich.
Experience:
1

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Biography

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

TRANSACTIONS

  • 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 2014 as a free agent after participating in the team’s training camp in 2013.

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.

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Recent Videos

  • Matthew Stafford Pro Bowl highlights

    By NFL.com - Posted Jan 25, 2015

    Matthew Stafford throws for 316 yards and two touchdowns to earn Offensive MVP honors at the 2015 Pro Bowl.

  • Matthew Stafford Pro Bowl offensive MVP

    By NFL.com - Posted Jan 25, 2015

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford finished with 316 yards and two touchdowns to lead Team Irvin to a 32-28 victory over Team Carter in the Pro Bowl.

  • Stafford hits Graham for 6-yard TD

    By NFL.com - Posted Jan 25, 2015

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches a 6-yard touchdown pass from Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

  • Stafford: 'I had a blast' at Pro Bowl

    By NFL.com - Posted Jan 25, 2015

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talks with NFL Media's Omar Ruiz about his Offensive MVP performance at the 2015 Pro Bowl.

  • Stafford hits Sanders for Pro Bowl TD

    By NFL.com - Posted Jan 25, 2015

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders catches a 10-yard touchdown pass from Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

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