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#56 Keenan Stevens
Position: Center
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 290
Year: Senior
City/State: Monument, Colo.
High School: Lewis-Palmer
Experience: 1 Letter

AT COLORADO: 2010 (Sr.)-He began the season as CU's starting center, playing 48 of 60 snaps in the opener against Colorado State and then all 76 at California. The offensive line was then reshuffled, and then battled a knee injury for the next several weeks. When Mike Iltis went down in the first quarter in the season finale at Nebraska, he returned to the lineup and played the final 39 snaps of the game. He graded out to 78.5 percent for the season (163 plays), with five knockdown/finishing blocks and one touchdown block. He was called for two penalties, allowed one quarterback sack and one pressure. He finished off his career with an 87 percent grade and a season-best three knockdowns against the Huskers' vaunted defensive front (the Buffs did not allow a sack). He was one of 37 players on the official original watch list for the Dave Rimington Award, which is presented to the nation's top center. A former walk-on, he was rewarded with a scholarship prior to the start of his junior season.

2009 (Jr.)-He saw action in 11 games, starting the final nine of the season as he shined at center following an injury to Mike Iltis in the season opener, and then took over the starting spot for good in the West Virginia game.   He graded out to 80 percent or better in all 11 games, including four occasions where he bested 90 percent; his best single game grade was 94 percent against Kansas State.  He played 663 snaps for the year, and with 578 positive plays, he graded out to 87.1 percent for the season, second best on the team behind Nate Solder (90.0).  He had 20 finishes/knockdown blocks and two touchdown blocks while allowing just two quarterback pressures and four sacks with just penalties whistled on him all season.  One of the recipients of the team's Gold Group Commitment Award as selected by the coaches, as the honor recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas.  He posted some of the best numbers in the weight room in the spring in the bench press (388 lbs.), the power clean (358) and the squat (566).

2008 (Soph.)-He did not see any action, but dressed for all 12 games as the backup center.  He bulked up 20 pounds over his playing weight as a redshirt frosh.

2007 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in one game, playing 10 snaps in the second half against Miami-Ohio.  He graded out to 80 percent for the game and had one knockdown block.  He practiced extensively at both center and guard in the spring, as CU had just six healthy linemen for drills.  He was the recipient of the John Wooten Award following spring practice, as coaches presented the honor to the player with the most outstanding work ethic.

2006 (Fr.)-Redshirted; he practiced at both guard and center over the course of the fall.  He joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills.

HIGH SCHOOL-A three-year letterman in football, he earned first-team All-Colorado Springs Metro Conference and first-team all-area honors as a senior captain.  He played right guard and finished the season allowing just one sack while committing zero penalties.  As a junior, he was a two-way starter on offense and defense, playing tackle on both sides of the ball.  In earning honorable mention all-conference honors, he registered 50 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.  He also played on both sides of the ball as a sophomore, manning guard on offense and playing linebacker on defense, where he recorded 21 tackles, four for losses with two quarterback sacks.  His biggest prep accomplishment was being named a team captain his senior year in which his team went 6-4l; Lewis-Palmer went 5-5 his junior year and 4-6 his sophomore season under coach Tony Ramunno.  He also lettered once in wrestling and was a member of the track team.  

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Anthropology at Colorado (he actually learned how to make stone tools his junior year). He was on schedule to graduate in May 2011.

PERSONAL-Born July 30, 1987 in Colorado Springs.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys fly-fishing, off-roading, hiking, camping and horseback riding (he raises horses when he is home from school).  His father, Ed Stevens, played football for Air Force and is an airline pilot.  In high school, he won the Dedicated Artist Award for a stone sculpture project he created, and he has learned how to make stone tools from classes in his major. 

 

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