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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.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • O-Line is a group to watch for at Senior Bowl

    Posted 18 hours ago

    Tori Petry reports on why the offensive line could be important to the Lions this offseason as well as who and what to watch for when college stars take the field for the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

  • Senior Bowl week highlights

    Posted 20 hours ago

    Head coach Jim Caldwell and a Lions scout talk about what they get out of attending this showcase, and standout players consider what it would be like to play in Detroit.

  • Senior Bowl 1 on 1: C Max Garcia

    Posted 22 hours ago

    Tori Petry talks with Florida C Max Garcia at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

  • Senior Bowl: C Max Garcia on the city of Detroit

    Posted 22 hours ago

    Tori Petry talks with Florida center Max Garcia at the Senior Bowl about the lasting impression a trip to Detroit made on him and what it would mean to represent the city in the NFL.

  • Senior Bowl: OL Ty Sambrailo

    Posted Jan 23, 2015

    Colorado State OL Ty Sambrailo talks about developing versatility for the NFL and the opportunity to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.

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