|12 Cody Keith|
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
Hopes to be fully cleared to resume competition (and full contact) after being sidelined since October of 2013 because of a right elbow injury … If return to full health is realized, will battle Kurt Benkert and Blake Kemp for the starting quarterback job … In addition to traditional season, has also not participated in the last two spring practice periods ... Offers an on-the-field maturity level and polish to go along with fundamental pass-throwing attributes ... Got off to a slow start initially 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 before elbow issue slowed progress again … Possessed one of the highest physical “flexibility” grade among all quarterbacks with a 12 before latest injury … Also recorded a broad jump of 8’9.5” and a pro shuttle time of 4.13 in earlier spring testing sessions.
2014: Did not experience game-day action while rehabilitating aforementioned elbow injury.
2013: Appeared in three games, all in a reserve role, before a joint decision was made during an off week (Oct. 21) to shut down all activity because of a right elbow injury (which eventually required surgery) … Completed a combined seven-of-11 passes for 57 yards (63.6 completion percentage) in contests vs. Florida Atlantic, North Carolina and Southern Miss … Finally made collegiate debut against the Owls in the fourth quarter, completing three-of-five passes for 11 yards ... Tossed first career completion to Cory Hunter on an eight-yard screen … Experienced fourth-quarter action against North Carolina at Kenan Stadium, but did not record any statistics … Established career-highs in completions (four), attempts (six) and passing yards (46) vs. Southern Miss in what turned out to be his final appearance of the season … Guided ECU to a field goal in the third quarter ... Two of four completions went for 10 or more yards (26, 10) ... Rushed twice for -10 yards against the Golden Eagles.
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 … Earned a bachelor’s degree in communications during ECU’s Spring Commencement Exercises in May, 2014 … Selected to ECU’s Honor Roll (3.0 GPA) in nearly every semester as an undergraduate, including most recent 2015 spring term … Is currently working towards a second degree.