2015 NFL DRAFT

Keith Pough, ILB

School: Howard  |  Conference: MEAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Orangesburg, NC
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 239 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
18285-6
LATEST NEWS
04/30/2013 - Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...LB Keith Pough - 6'2" 239 - Howard...The 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, Pough set an FCS record with 71 career tackles for loss. Pough is considered a big time playmaker and had over 100 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons. "He was a dominant player in the MEAC conference. He's 6'2" and 235 and he has long arms and just needs to get a little bit bigger and stronger," said Roth. "His production was great at Howard. He's got pass rush ability, a great motor. He ran 4.9 at the Combine, but he plays around 4.75. He plays a lot faster. A SAM backer for us." - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

04/30/2013 - Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...CB Nickell Robey - 5'11" 1 - USC...Robey posted seven career interceptions for USC in his college career, returning three of them for touchdowns. He also had 24 career pass breakups in three seasons. "Extremely quick, great short agility and balance, tough and competitive," said Forsyth. "He'll fly to the ball, good hands and ball skills. Just not the biggest guy. He's got a chance because of his desire and quickness. He was productive in the PAC-12." - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: After an impressive career at Howard and a strong week at the East-West Shrine Game, Keith Pough is no longer an under-the-radar prospect. NFL scouts love his physical nature and confidence but do have some concerns about his speed and overall range. Pough doesn't need to run in the 4.4-range in the 40-yard dash, but scouts want to see him do better than the 4.8 times he has run in the past. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/18/2013 - 2013 SHRINE GAME PRACTICE RISERS: 1. OLB Keith Pough, Howard (6016, 241 -- West Team)...With his performance on the practice field this week and through talking to NFL scouts, putting Pough at No. 1 was the easiest decision on this list. He showed off his natural athleticism and coordination during drills, and while he has room to get stronger, his aggressive and violent playing style was impressive. Pough's physical attributes stand out, but so does his approach to the game. He brings a non-stop motor and competitive attitude to the defense, regardless if it's practice or a game. Although he's still a tad rough around the edges, Pough is a player on the rise and it wouldn't be a shock if he ends up as one of the first players drafted from this year's Shrine Game. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: The most talkative award goes to Howard outside linebacker Keith Pough (West Team), who was barking all practice - not only at himself but also his teammates. While some view this as a negative, the coaching staff of the West squad appeared to encourage it, loving the energy he was showing while pushing those around him.

Along with his gift for gab, Pough is also a very talented football player. He stood out during the linebacker drills as the best athlete of the group with excellent flexibility and agility for the position. Pough was the only linebacker during drills who didn't need reminding to "stay low" during blocking drills. He does have a few bad habits with lowering his head and keeping his eyes in the wrong place, but he is definitely a defensive prospect worth watching due to his athleticism and competitive nature. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/08/2012 - Howard University's Keith Pough has been selected to play in the 88th Annual East West Shrine Bowl, scheduled for January 19, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fl. A 6-3, 235-pound senior from Orangeburg, SC, closed out a brilliant career for the Bison this past season. Over his four-year career at Howard, Pough established himself as one of the all-time greats.

He has recorded 349 tackles during his productive career, but more importantly, he set a new NCAA, FCS career record for tackles for losses with 71. For his efforts this past season in leading Howard to a 7-4 record, Pough was voted the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and to the Black Sports Network All America team. - Howard football

11/25/2012 - 2012 MEAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LB Keith Pough, Howard...Keith Pough recorded 72 total tackles, 44 solo, with 10.0 for a loss of 50 yards during the 2012 campaign. Pough became the FCS all-time record holder in tackles for a loss with 83 to cap his four-year collegiate career with the Bison. He ranks 13th in totl tackles as well as in tackles for a loss in the conference. He also recorded 3.5 sacks for a loss of 35 yards, two quarterback hurries, one block, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and earned his first-career touchdown in a come-from-behind victory over Delaware State. Pough has earned MEAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades twice this season. - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football

11/20/2012 - NOV 19 MEAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Howard's Keith Pough (LB, 6-3, 240, r-Sr., Orangeburg, S.C.) recorded 12 tackles, 10 solo, with 1.5 for a loss of two yards. He also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, the first of his career, to give Howard the go-ahead score in a 41-34 win over Delaware State. - MEAC football

10/22/2012 - Terrence Leffall ran for 134 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and Howard held off a late push by Morgan State to escape with a 21-20 victory Saturday in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action. The Bison (5-2, 4-1) fell into an early 7-0 deficit on Travis Davidson's 6-yard touchdown run for the Bears (3-4, 2-2), but scored three straight touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter - Howard's last score was a 4-yard rushing TD by Leffall. Morgan State cut the lead to a point on a 5-yard touchdown run by Davidson and then a 35-yard run by Robert Council with 2:29 to play. The Bears went for a 2-point conversion after Council's score, but Ervin Gonzalez's pass was intercepted by Tabrian Resby. Howard recovered the ensuing on-side kick and ran out the clock for the victory. Davidson finished with 104 yards on 27 carries. - AP Sports

10/10/2012 - OCT 8 MEAC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Howard's Keith Pough (LB, 6-3, 240, r-Sr., Orangeburg, S.C.) registered 17 total tackles, 12 solo, with 3.5 for a loss of 28 yards, including 2.5 sacks. He also forced and recovered a fumble and broke up one pass to help Howard remain undefeated in conference play with a 17-10 win over Florida A&M. Pough's performance was highlighted by breaking the Football Championship Subdivision career-record in tackles for a loss (66). - MEAC football

10/08/2012 - OCT 8 SPORTS NETWORK NATIONAL FCS CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Keith Pough, Howard, Senior, 6-3, 225, LB, Orangeburg, S.C.,...Pough entered Saturday's contest versus Florida A&M needing just 2 1/2 tackles for loss to tie former Western Kentucky linebacker Sherrod Coates' FCS record of 65. The senior did that and more, recording 3 1/2 tackles for loss, breaking the FCS career record with 66, while putting forth one of the best performances of his career. Howard moved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the MEAC with a 17-10 victory. On top of his record-setting accomplishment, Pough tallied 17 total tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, one pass breakup and he forced and recovered a fumble. - The Sports Network

09/01/2012 - Randy Liggins and backup Jamie Cunningham combined for 211 yards and three touchdowns in Howard's 30-29 win over Morehouse on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Liggins, who was 6-of-10 passing, threw a 50-yard touchdown to Jonathan Booker and a 32-yarder to Brandon Flanagan in the second quarter. Cunningham entered after Liggins was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a concussion. The freshman completed 10-of-11 passes for 132 yards and his 13-yard strike to David Wilson gave Howard the lead, 30-29, with 22 seconds remaining. William Parker and Aquanius Freeman paced the Howard ground game with 64 yards apiece. Freeman's 2-yard touchdown run gave the Bison a 24-23 advantage late in the fourth quarter. Donnay Ragland led Morehouse with 238 yards through the air but was sacked four times. Morehouse and Howard faced off for just the second time since 1923. - AP Sports

07/23/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON All-MEAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): LB Keith Pough, r-Sr., Howard, has been selected First Team Preseason All-MEAC football for the 2012 college football season as chosen by the MEAC's head football coaches and sports information directors. A 6-3, 235-pound red-shirt senior linebacker from Orangeburg, S.C., is coming off a brilliant season in which he led the team in tackles with 120. Pough also recorded 21.0 tackles for losses behind the line of scrimmage, ranking him second in the MEAC and eighth overall in the country. The outside linebacker had 71 solo tackles to rank seventh nationally in solo tackles. - Howard football

07/21/2012 - 2012 MEAC PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Keith Pough, Howard...Pough led the conference in total tackles with 120 including 10.9 per game. He posted 71 solo tackles and ranked second in the MEAC in tackles for loss with 21.0. He also added 3.0 sacks, two breakups, 11 hurries, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. The senior linebacker from Orangeburg, S.C., helped Howard to a 4-4 finish in conference play and 5-6 overall record. - MEAC football

07/20/2012 - 2012 BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Keith Pough, LB, Howard, Senior...Few FCS linebackers have been as productive as Pough the last two seasons. Blessed with size, speed and range, Pough has been a one-man wrecking crew in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, leading the FCS with 28.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore before adding another 21 as a junior, when he was an All-America second-team selection. He also has 20 quarterback hurries over the last two seasons. Pough, who finished seventh in the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award voting, is a student of the game whose natural ability disrupts opponents in so many ways. - The Sports Network

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Keith Pough, Howard, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. A 6-3, 235-pound red-shirt senior linebacker from Orangeburg, S.C., is coming off a brilliant season in which he led the team in tackles with 120. Pough also recorded 21.0 tackles for losses behind the line of scrimmage, ranking him second in the MEAC and eighth overall in the country. The outside linebacker had 71 solo tackles to rank seventh nationally in solo tackles. He was a first team All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) selection and was named to several All-America teams for his impressive numbers during the 2011 season. In 2010, Pough served notice that he was to be reckoned with, recording 100 total tackles and 28.5 tackles for losses to rank him No. 1 in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) and in the MEAC in that category. He is on schedule to break several school marks during the 2012 season. For his career, Pough has 257 total tackles, 52 tackles for losses and 17 sacks. - Howard football

07/11/2012 - 2012 SPORTS NETWORK FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: Keith Pough, Howard, LB, Sr, has been selected Preseason FCS First Team All-American for the 2012 college football season by The Sports Network. A 6-3, 235-pound red-shirt senior linebacker from Orangeburg, S.C., is coming off a brilliant season in which he led the team in tackles with 120. Pough also recorded 21.0 tackles for losses behind the line of scrimmage, ranking him second in the MEAC and eighth overall in the country. The outside linebacker had 71 solo tackles to rank seventh nationally in solo tackles. He was a first team All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) selection and was named to several All-America teams for his impressive numbers during the 2011 season. In 2010, Pough served notice that he was to be reckoned with, recording 100 total tackles and 28.5 tackles for losses to rank him No. 1 in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) and in the MEAC in that category. He is on schedule to break several school marks during the 2012 season. For his career, Pough has 257 total tackles, 52 tackles for losses and 17 sacks. He joins Norfolk State standout, OT Blake Matthews as the only MEAC players named to the first team. - Howard football

05/22/2012 - 2013 DRAFT TOP SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS: OLB Keith Pough, Howard (6-2, 228): A tackling machine, Pough set career-bests in 2011 with a conference-best 120 total tackles, including eight games with double-digit stops. He was forced to sit out his freshman season because of academics, but instead of letting that setback discourage him, Pough gained more respect for the game and began watching film to become a better player. He quickly became a starter as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and has tallied a combined 277 tackles over his first three seasons. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/30/2013 - Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...LB Keith Pough - 6'2" 239 - Howard...The 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, Pough set an FCS record with 71 career tackles for loss. Pough is considered a big time playmaker and had over 100 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons. "He was a dominant player in the MEAC conference. He's 6'2" and 235 and he has long arms and just needs to get a little bit bigger and stronger," said Roth. "His production was great at Howard. He's got pass rush ability, a great motor. He ran 4.9 at the Combine, but he plays around 4.75. He plays a lot faster. A SAM backer for us." - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

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