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NC A&T Football BIO
1 Denzel Keyes

Had a breakout season on the football field as a sophomore with career highs in receptions, yards and touchdown receptions…For the second straight year was a dual-sport athlete at A&T by also playing men’s basketball while majoring in chemistry…Injuries slowed him down during his first season as a football player, but stayed healthy throughout his sophomore season where he played in all 12 games…Should enter the 2015 season as one of the Aggies starting receivers….Has been a starter on the football field and the basketball court…Keyes serves as a valuable asset for the Aggies in the red zone…For his career, he has made 30 catches for  437 yards and seven touchdowns in 19 games played…Runs a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash and has an impressive 102-inch wingspan…He is one of the strongest receivers on the team with a 295-pound bench press…Bench presses 225 pounds 11 times … Played in the Class 2AA North Carolina football championship game in 2011 and led the Kinston Vikings basketball team to the Class 2A title in 2013.

2014 Season: Played in 12 games with 11 starts…Made 24 catches for 361 yards and six touchdown receptions, which led the team…Ranked second on the team in receiving yards and third in receptions…Had 12 of his 24 receptions come in the final four weeks of the season…Made a career-best five receptions for a career-high 129 yards and three touchdowns in the Aggies 40-21 win over Florida A&M on Oct. 25…Followed that performance with five catches for 39 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies 45-0 win over Morgan State on Nov. 8….Made four catches for 25 yards and caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from running back Tarik Cohen in a 17-12 win at Elon on Sept. 13.

2013 Season: Played in seven games with two starts…Made six receptions for 76 yards and touchdown…Made two receptions for 18 yards in a 23-10 over local rival Elon on Sept. 14…Made two receptions for 21 yards and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Lewis Kindle as the Aggies defeated Savannah State 41-14 on Nov. 16.

 High School: Made 39 receptions for 646 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior…Led the Kinston Vikings to a 7-5 record. He was an All-Class 2AA Eastern Plains conference selection…Was named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team…Named Offensive Player of the Year by the Kinston Free Press…As a junior, Made 20 catches for 242 yards and nine touchdownsLed Kinston to the 2011 Class 2AA football championship game…Was also an outstanding basketball player in high school…Won Charlie Adams MVP honors in the Class 2A championship after scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the victory. ..Was a member of the National Honor Society...Named the school's Male Athlete of the Year. 

Personal: Full name is Denzel Keyes...He is the son of Angelo and Vanessa Keyes...Was born on May 5, 1995...Majors in chemistry…His brother Angelo is a defensive end on the Aggies football team and his older sister Jessica Cooper played softball at A&T.

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Kinston, N.C.
High School: Kinston
Major: Chemistry
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