|Keilen Dykes Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||September 6, 1984|
Keilen Dykes is an American former professional football player who represented the Arizona Cardinals (2008-2009) in the NFL (National Football League), as a defensive end. He was not selected by any franchise in the 2008 NFL Draft after which he was signed up by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. Keilen was released after the preseason but was then re-signed to the team’s practice squad. In early February 2009, after the end of the NFL season, the franchise signed him to a future contract. Keilen was waived off by the team in September 2009.
Keilen Lee Dykes
Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, United States
Keilen had attended Chaney High School, a public school in his hometown of Youngstown. After his high school graduation, he joined West Virginia University (WVU), a public land-grant research university with its main campus in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. There, he majored in athletic coaching education and represented the West Virginia Mountaineers American football team between 2003 and 2007.
Professional American Football Player (Retired)
- Father – James Dykes
- Mother – Jewell Dykes
- 96 – West Virginia Mountaineers
- 94 – Arizona Cardinals
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
138 kg or 304 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of American descent.
- Toned physique
- Close-cropped, receding hair
- Sports a thin beard
Keilen Dykes Facts
- In his senior year in high school, Keilen earned All-Youngstown as well as All-Ohio honors after recording 75 tackles and 9.5 sacks.
- He had redshirted (a practice in US college athletics to delay/suspend an athlete’s participation to lengthen their eligibility period) his first year (2003) at West Virginia University (WVU).
- In 2004, Keilen broke into the starting lineup of the West Virginia Mountaineers as a redshirt freshman. That season, he recorded 37 tackles, 6 for a loss, and had 2 sacks.
- In his junior year (2006) at WVU, he had 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, and 3 sacks. For his performances, he was included in the ‘First-Team All-Big East‘ at the end of the season. The Big East Conference (which ceased its operations in July 2013) was a collegiate athletics conference that consisted of as many as 16 universities in the eastern half of the United States.
- During his senior year (2007) at WVU, in a game against Syracuse University (a private research university in Syracuse, New York), Keilen had an interception that he took 19 yards for a touchdown. It was the first time since 1981 that a defensive lineman had scored at a game hosted by West Virginia University.
- He finished that season with 23 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and a defensive touchdown. For his performances, he was included in the ‘First-Team All-Big East‘ for the 2nd season in a row. At the end of his university career, he led the West Virginia Mountaineers American football team with 44 starts.
- In January 2008, Keilen participated in the East-West Shrine Game, a postseason college football all-star game that has been played annually since 1925. The game is sponsored by Shriners International, an American Masonic society that was established in 1870 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. The net proceeds from the game are donated to some of the organization’s charitable efforts, most notably the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of non-profit medical facilities across North America.
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