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#41 Red Keith
Position: Linebacker
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 242
Year: Senior
Hometown: Franklin, Ga.
High School: Heard County HS
Red Keith
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Release: 07/17/2006

Leads all returning players in Football Bowl Subdivision with 326 career tackles ... career 9.05 tackles per game average ranks second among all returning players in FBS ... CMU’s leading tackler each of last three seasons ... emotional leader on the field and in the locker room.

2006: All-MAC first team selection ... Academic All-MAC honoree ... starter in all 14 games ... career-high 127 tackles ... CMU’s leading tackler for third consecutive season ... ranked fifth in the MAC in tackles, averaging 9.1 tackles per game ... made at least 13 stops in four different games ... collected 15 tackles against Boston College (8/31) ... recorded 15 tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble at Toledo (10/7) ... tallied 13 tackles against both Eastern Michigan (9/23) and Bowling Green (10/19) ... collected nine tackles and a forced fumble against Western Michigan (11/10) ... made nine stops in Motor City Bowl win over Middle Tennessee State (12/26) ... intercepted a pass on the opening possession against Akron (9/16) ... also made seven stops, including three for a loss of yardage, against Akron ... preseason All-MAC first team selection by Sporting News ... honorable mention preseason All-American selection by NationalChamps.net.

2005: Second team All-MAC honoree ... Academic All-MAC selection ... CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV second team choice ... led CMU with 104 total tackles, including 54 solo stops ... recorded team-high four interceptions ... ranked sixth in the MAC in total tackles and fourth in tackles per game (9.5) ... had at least 10 tackles in five different games ... tallied a career-high 16 stops, including 13 solo, against Indiana (9/2) ... collected six tackles and an interception at Penn State (9/17) ... made 14 tackles and intercepted a pass against Ohio (10/15) ... had seven tackles and an interception against Northern Illinois (11/5) ... made 12 stops and intercepted a pass at Ball State (11/19).

2004: Named third team Freshman All-America by CollegeSportsReport.com ... started all 11 games and led CMU in tackles with 42 solo and 53 assisted for 95 total ... ranked 10th in the MAC in tackles per game with 8.6 ... had eight tackles for a loss, seven pass breakups, and two forced fumbles ... had at least five tackles in every game ... made 10 tackles and broke up a pass against Michigan State (9/11) and Southeast Missouri State (9/18) ... recorded 10 more stops against Bowling Green (10/9) ... had a season-high 12 tackles, two for a loss, and a pass breakup against Eastern Michigan (11/6) ... registered 11 tackles in the season’s final game against Ball State (11/20).

2003: Redshirted.

High School: Earned four letters in football and basketball and two in track at Heard County High ... all-state linebacker ... rushed for 1,500 yards as a senior and led the team in tackles all four years ... team MVP and region defensive MVP ... 1,000-point scorer for his career in basketball.

Personal: Born October 24, 1984 ... parents are Vickie Keith and Shane Rutledge ... given name is Thomas Orlando Keith ... prefers nickname “Red” ... most memorable moment in athletics was defeating Toledo in 2005 for the first time in 10 years ... carries a 3.24 GPA ... mathematics major with an outdoor and environmental education minor.