Pirate Audibles, Part 4 - Cody Keith
April 13, 2012
In the final installment of a four-part series that offers an up-close and personal look at the quartet of Pirates competing for the starting quarterback position this spring, staff writer Sam Hickman visits with redshirt freshman Cody Keith. His exchanges with senior Brad Wornick and junior Rio Johnson were posted last week, while sophomore Shane Carden was featured Tuesday.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After redshirting during his initial season in the program, Cody Keith entered the spring as the youngest competitor in the race for the starting quarterback job. The well-traveled freshman played his junior year of high school ball at South Mecklenburg in Charlotte, where he led his team a 9-6 record and a berth in the 2008 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state semifinals.
The tall, lanky signal-caller moved to Pasadena, Calif., as he competed as a senior at Maranatha High School. He threw for 2,212 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the Minutemen to their first undefeated conference record in 23 years. Upon graduation from MHS, Keith made the trek back east to Cheshire Academy, a prep school in Connecticut. There, he led his squad to an 8-1 ledger, amassing over 3,800 passing yards and firing 39 touchdowns before enrolling early at East Carolina in January of 2011.
An ankle injury suffered in the USA Football's 2011 Team USA vs. The World Game in early February during his initial semester at ECU slowed his progress during the fall, but Keith has thrived this spring while playing pain-free for the first time since his arrival.
SH: You're in the midst of your first spring practice period as a competitor for the starting quarterback position. Can you describe what that process has been like thus far?
SH: As the youngest player of the four in competition for the duty, what approach have you taken?
SH: Could you address some of the strengths in your game as well as areas you need to improve upon?
SH: What are your expectations and goals for the summer and fall camp as we approach the 2012 campaign?
Extra Points with Cody Keith