Linebacker • 6-1, 253
Newberry (Newberry HS)
A four-time letterwinner...Played in 39 regular season games with 11 starts for 1,321 plays...Also played in 1997 Citrus Bowl and 1999 Orange Bowl, and started 2000 Citrus Bowl...187 career tackles (105 solo) and 38.5 "Big Plays" (22.5 TTFL (-74), three FF, one FR, one PD, and 11 FH)...1999 - One of three defensive captains...UF's starting weakside linebacker who played in all 12 games with 10 starts (all but Kentucky and SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama due to ankle injury suffered vs. Florida State) for 548 plays...Also started Citrus Bowl...Selected to play in Florida All-Star Gridiron Classic...91 tackles (57 solo) and 17 "Big Plays" (seven forced hurries, five TBL (-8), two forced fumbles, two quarterback sacks (-16) and one pass deflection)...91 tackles ranked third best on the squad...Registered 10-plus tackles in four games (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Vanderbilt)...Posted five tackles and two "Big Plays" (one forced fumble, one forced quarterback hurry) vs. Western Michigan...11 tackles (nine solo, also a career high) vs. Tennessee...Career-high 14 tackles (10 solo) and one "Big Play" (TBL (-2)) vs. Alabama...Seven tackles (four solo) and three "Big Plays (one TBL (-1), one forced hurry, one pass deflection) vs. LSU...Seven tackles (six solo) and two "Big Plays" (one quarterback sack (-1) and one TBL (-7)) vs. Auburn...Team-high 12 tackles (eight solo) and four "Big Plays" (one TBL (-1), two forced hurries and one forced fumble) vs. Georgia...Tied for team-high with 11 tackles (four solo) and two "Big Plays" (one TBL (-3) and one quarterback sack (-9)) vs. Vanderbilt...Eight tackles (four solo) and three "Big Plays" (three forced QB hurries) vs. South Carolina...Six tackles (four solo) vs. Florida State...Co-recipient of the defensive unit's Leadership Award this past spring...1998 - Saw action in nine of 11 regular season games (all but Kentucky and Alabama) for 204 plays... Also played in Orange Bowl... The top backup at weakside linebacker who also played with UF's special teams units... 34 tackles and six "Big Plays" (three TBL (-7), one QB sack (-6), one FR and one FH)... One special teams tackle... Three tackles, one TBL (-3) and one FH vs. Georgia...Eight tackles and one QB sack (-6) vs. Vanderbilt... Five tackles vs. South Carolina... One fumble recovery vs. Florida State... Underwent knee surgery in January and missed all of spring drills...1997 - Played in nine of 11 games (all but Georgia and Vanderbilt with a shoulder injury) with one start (Kentucky) for 353 plays as the top backup at middle linebacker... 43 tackles (fifth-best total on team) and 9.5 "Big Plays" (7.5 TTFL (-20), one FH and one FF)... Averaged 39.2 plays per game...Had three tackles and three "Big Plays" (one QB sack (-5), one TBL (-2) and one FF) vs. Southern Mississippi... Four tackles and two TBL (-3) vs. Central Michigan... Four tackles and three TTFL (-6.5) vs. Tennessee... Made first career start vs. Kentucky due to injury to Dwayne Thomas and made three tackles with 0.5 QB sack (-3.5)... Five tackles vs. Arkansas and LSU... Four tackles and one FH vs. Auburn... Missed Georgia and Vanderbilt games due to shoulder injury suffered in practice the week before the Georgia game... Five tackles vs. South Carolina... Career-high 10 tackles vs. Florida State... Missed Citrus Bowl due to knee injury and underwent surgery in January... Reaggravated a knee injury during spring drills and underwent surgery in April...Co-recipient of UF's Unselfish Award on defense during spring...1996 - Played in nine games (all but SW Louisiana, Georgia Southern and Tennessee) as the top backup at weakside linebacker... Also played in Sugar Bowl... 19 tackles and six "Big Plays" (four TTFL and two FH)... Missed the first two games due to a suspension... Saw first action of season vs. Kentucky and recorded five tackles and three "Big Plays" (one TBL, one QB sack and one FH)... Two tackles vs. Arkansas... Three tackles vs. LSU... Two tackles and one TBL (-1) vs. Auburn... Four tackles vs. Georgia... Three tackles and one FH vs. South Carolina... Co-recipient of the defensive squad's most improved freshman award during spring...1995 - Was redshirted and did not see any game action... Sprained a knee during fall drills, which sidelined him for several weeks... Worked primarily with the scout team at ILB following return from injury...Prep - Considered one of the nation's top prep linebackers in 1994... A SuperPrep All-America selection...Named one of the top 15 linebackers in the nation by that publication as well as one of the top 10 players in the state of Florida and one of the top two linebackers... USA Today honorable mention All-America... Named one of the top 10 weakside linebackers in the country by National Recruiting Advisor... First-team All-State in 1993 (2A) and 1994 (3A)... Gainesville Sun Area Defensive Player of the Year in 1994... Collected 179 tackles in '94 and was credited with 460 career tackles at Newberry HS...Personal - Born Keith Kelsey on July 10, 1976...Parent - Annie P. Jackson (grandmother)...Major - Sociology.
Solo Tackles: 10 vs. Alabama (10/2/99)
Total Tackles: 14 vs. Alabama (10/2/99)