ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Pirates Back In Full Pads, Continue Drills
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Will enter sophomore season as Shane Carden's top understudy for a second year, but coaches expect the pair to compete at a high level throughout camp and during the season to create much-needed depth ... Offers an on-the-field maturity level and polish beyond his years to go along with fundamental pass-throwing attributes ...Got off to a slow start because of a left ankle injury, which he originally suffered during an all-star contest on Feb. 2, 2011 (after signing and enrolling early at East Carolina) ... Played through pain during his initial spring practice period and was slowed during the fall before contributing on the scout squad ... Followed with strong spring showings in back-to-back years (2012, 2013) to earn two-deep inclusion ... Most recently, completed 15-of-20 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in the first scrimmage (April 6)... Connected with John Worthy on a 28-yard scoring toss ... Was 12-of-18 for 116 yards a week later and closed drills with a 12-of-20, 104-yard effort during the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... Well-documented travels were the subject of a documentary (submitted to an independent film festival), which completed its shooting in Greenville during the late winter of 2011 ... Competed for the U19 National Team in USA Football's 2011 Team USA vs. The World Game in Austin, Texas on Feb. 2 ... Completed one pass for four yards in limited action for the victorious American squad before suffering the aforementioned injury ... Possesses the highest physical "flexibility" grade among all quarterbacks with a 12 ... Owns a broad jump of 105.5" and a pro shuttle time of 4.13.
2012: Did not experience action during first active season on ECU's roster ... Promoted to the top backup position in the third week of the season, prior to the Southern Miss contest.
2011: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Provided notable efforts to scout team once cleared from ankle injury.
Prep School: Threw for 3,840 yards and 39 touchdowns at prep school Cheshire Academy in 2010 ... Tallied a Connecticut single-game record 637 yards passing against St. Thomas More ... Threw eight touchdown passes in back-to-back games against St. Thomas More and Westminster ... Guided Cats to an 8-1 record and a New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Dan Rorke Bowl title in 2010 ... Passed for 435 yards and two touchdowns in bowl victory over the New Hampton School ... In all, established six state and two national passing records during one-year stay ... Played for head coach Danny O'Dea at Cheshire.
High School: As a senior at Maranatha High School (Pasadena, Calif.), led team to 9-3 record and a quarterfinals appearance in the East Valley Division of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section playoffs ... Minutemen went undefeated in conference play for the first time in 23 years ... Finished senior year completing 157-of-235 passes (66.8 percent) for 2,212 yards and 21 touchdowns ... Added 507 yards and 10 TDs on the ground ... Head coach at Maranatha was Joel Murphy ... Graduated from MHS during commencement exercises in May, 2010 ... Played for head coach James Martin at South Mecklenburg as a junior, helping team to a 9-6 record and a berth in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state semifinals ... Tallied over 1,000 passing yards and threw 11 touchdowns for the Sabres ... Served as a backup quarterback at Myers Park during sophomore year.
Personal: Full name is Christian Calhoun Keith ... Born July 14, 1991 at Charlotte, N.C. ... Son of Greg and India Keith ... Youngest of five children ... Father played basketball at Georgia, while mother was a cheerleader at Wake Forest ... Brother-in-law is Webb Simpson, who captured the 2012 U.S. Open title at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on June 17 (married to sister Dowd) ... Hobbies include dirt bikes, hunting, fishing, skydiving and piloting aircraft ... A communications major who has earned ECU Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) status in all four of his five of his semesters on campus (spring/2011, fall/2011, spring/2012 and fall/2012).