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  Dennis Keyes
Dennis Keyes

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Canoga Park, CA

High School:
Birmingham

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 199

Position:
FS

Birthdate:
03/26/1985

Experience:
4V

10/28/2006

Washington State at UCLA - October 28, 2006

Washington State at UCLA - October 28, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)

UCLA -- Dennis is a two-year starter at the free safety position and combines with strong safety Chris Horton to form one of the top tandems in the West ... The staff is looking for him to have a big senior season ... A hard hitter who possesses good coverage skills for a safety ... Also excels on special teams.

2006 -- Started all 13 games at free safety and played virtually every defensive snap in most games ... On the year, his 79 tackles ranked third on the squad and he had 5.0 tackles for loss ... He was 19th in the Pac-10 in tackles (6.08) and tied for sixth in fumbles caused (three - 0.23) ... He led the team (or tied for the lead) in tackles in three of the final six games ... Led the Bruins with seven tackles (six solos) in the 2006 opener against Utah ... He was credited with one tackle for loss and also broke up two passes ... Against Rice, he made five solo tackles ... At Washington, he made seven tackles (three solos) and forced a fumble ... He had one solo tackle against Stanford ... In the win over Arizona, he made six tackles (five solos), including 2.0 for losses (six yards) ... At Oregon, he made three solo tackles and the first interception of his career, which he returned 24 yards to set up UCLA's first touchdown ... At Notre Dame, he ranked second (tied) on the squad with eight tackles (four solos), including 0.5 for loss ... Keyes tied for the team lead with nine stops (seven solos) versus Washington State and also broke up a pass ... At California, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (seven solos) and also had 0.5 tackles for loss and broke up two passes ... He tied for the team lead with eight tackles (six solos) and also forced a fumble versus Oregon State ... At Arizona State, he made six tackles (five solos), third on the team ... Against USC, he tied for second on the squad with eight tackles (seven solos), made one tackle for loss and also forced his third fumble of the year to tie for the team lead ... In the Emerald Bowl, he made one solo tackle and broke up one pass.

2005 -- On the year, he started nine games and played in all 12 ... His 57 tackles ranked fourth on the team ... Tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and was third (tied) with eight tackles for losses and third (tied) with two sacks ... Keyes began the season as the starting free safety ... Made his first career start at San Diego State and tied for second on the team with seven tackles and also broke up a pass ... Against Rice, Keyes made six tackles (five solos), tied for second on the squad ... Versus Oklahoma, he made five tackles, including one quarterback sack ... On that play, he separated quarterback Rhett Bomar from the football, which Spencer Havner returned 13 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 20-10 lead on the first possession of the second half ... He also caused a fumble in the first quarter that led to a field goal ... Against Washington, he made three tackles (one solo) ... Against California, Keyes made a team-best 11 tackles (seven solos, three behind the line of scrimmage), setting a career high ... At Washington State, he made six solo tackles, including two for losses ... Came off the bench to make five tackles (four solos) versus Oregon State ... Started at Stanford and made four tackles (three solos), including one sack for seven yards ... At Arizona, he made five tackles (four solos) ... Against Arizona State, he had four tackles (three solos), including one for loss ... He recovered a fumble at the Sun Devil 35-yard line that led to UCLA's second touchdown of the third quarter and a 42-28 lead ... Came off the bench versus USC and broke up one pass ... Made one tackle assist off the bench in the Sun Bowl versus Northwestern.

2004 -- Keyes played in eight of 12 games and made 10 tackles... Against Illinois, he played 31 snaps off the bench and made five tackles ... Played in the secondary and on special teams at Washington, but injured his shoulder ... Did not play against San Diego State or Arizona due to his injury and saw limited action in his return at Cal ... Sat out the games against Arizona State and Stanford due to the injured shoulder ... He returned to action against Washington State and made one tackle ... At Oregon, he made two tackles ... He played on special teams versus USC, but did not make a tackle ... He made two tackles versus Wyoming, playing 36 snaps, mostly in the 'dime' package.

2003 -- Did not see action in his first season in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Played for coach Ed Croson at Birmingham HS in Van Nuys,CA ... SuperPrep All-American (No. 19 DB) ... SuperPrep's No. 15 prospect in the Far West ... PrepStar All-America selection ... TheInsiders.com four-star selection ... Ranked No. 14 nationally among safeties by The Insiders.com ... Rated No. 2 safety in West by PacWest Football.com ... A three-star selection by rivals.com ... Rated No. 17 safety nationally and No. 33 prospect in the West by rivals.com ... Selected first-team All-State by Cal-HiSports.com ... All-West selection (No. 60 prospect) by Tom Lemming ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Named to Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team (eight votes) ... Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year ... Named to L.A. Times All-Star team ... L.A. Times San Fernando Valley Player of the Year ... L.A. Daily News Area Player of the Year ... A hard-hitting defender ... As a safety, he made 88 tackles and four interceptions ... On offense, he rushed for 1,692 yards (9.2 average) and scored 36 touchdowns ... Also accounted for 348 receiving yards on 23 receptions ... Led Birmingham to first City Section title since 1963 ... He was selected Player of the Game in the championship contest with 133 yards rushing, a touchdown, an interception and a fumble recovery ... A pre-season Rivals/PrepStar magazine All-American ... Possesses 35-inch vertical leap ... In 2001, he was selected to the Cal-HiSports.com All-State Junior team ... As a junior, he made 70 tackles and four interceptions ... He rushed for 1,082 yards and scored 20 touchdowns ... Also was a member of the basketball (coach Al Bennett) and track teams (Scott King).

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Dennis Paul Keyes II ... Born: March 26, 1985 in Van Nuys, CA ... Parents: Dennis and Ana Keyes ... Has two brothers -- Julius and Spencer -- and three sisters -- Cornice, Mimi and Alexx ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning the Los Angeles City football title against Taft HS in December of 2002 ... History major.

Varsity Statistics - D. Keyes
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2004

10

7-3

0-0

0-0

0

2005

57

41-16

2.0-11

8.0-25

0

2006

79

60-19

0-0

5.0-15

1-24 (0)

Totals

146

108-38

2.0-11

13.0-40

1-24 (0)

Career Highs
Tackles: 11 vs. California, 2005
Tackles for Loss: 3 vs. California, 2005
Sacks: 1 vs. Oklahoma, 2005; at Stanford, 2005


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