Name: Khiry Keith
School: Black Hills State
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
One of my goals for my final collegiate season was to switch my position center. I played center all through high school and wanted to play again for my senior year. I fought for the starting spot in spring ball, won and lead the line from there on out. Another goal of mine was to beat South Dakota mines in our rivalry game. We won and brought back the trophy.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
To start, my coaches would say that I am very adaptable and play aggressive. I am not opposed to learning new techniques or playing styles to fit a play scheme. I will play very aggressive in the trenches and I’m not scared to give a hit. I am capable of putting in the work and mastering skills. Next, I would have to say my teammates would tell that I am a team player and do my best to consistently better myself, along with others around me. I will uplift/motivate any teammate to be the best they can be.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film, I watch my form and try to adjust my technique (i.e. my knee bend, hand position/strikes, and footwork.) If I get beat on a play or a one on one, I watch film clips to fix my mistakes to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I have many qualities that separate me from a lot of others who play my position. I am a center who is quick and versatile, playing multiple positions one the line. I can pull while snapping the ball out of a shotgun offense; I can perform many different pulling footwork’s/techniques to fit what ever runs it calls for, such as a counter, toss, or trap runs. I am hard working and will fight/push through any situation thrown my way.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Off the field I worked as a peer mentor at the college. As a peer mentor, I was assigned 4 students to take under my wing and mentor. Help them with schoolwork, be a friend, and positive role model. Some of my mentee’s played with me on the football team and therefore I will bring leadership to any team join.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
During my whole career I’ve always been doubted and overlooked. That’s what drives me and motivates me to grind harder. I’ve always had to fight for my success and have no problem doing so. If I get a chance to play at a higher level I will do everything in my power to become great.