Keith Kirkwood, WR, Temple
Neptune, NJ | 6024 | 220 | 4.48E | 2018
Big, strong, fast. Possesses a thick frame and is going to out muscle most any corner. A true possession wide out who owns a set of dependable hands, much like Rueben Randle (LSU). Lines up all over the field and is not afraid to go over the middle. Does a good job coming back to the football and understands when to help bail out his quarterback. He played some defensive end for the Owls during their 2017 Spring game and recorded a sack, part of the new philosophy implemented by head coach Geoff Collins, who likes his players to learn multiple positions. Head coach Matt Rhule was always trying to get more of a killer instinct out of him. He originally committed to UCLA before switching to Hawaii last second and ultimately transferring to Temple, in order to be closer to home. Highly respected by teammates. Was the first player to earn single digit number in 2017, a distinction awarded to the hardest working players on the team. Suffered a season ending injury during Penn State game in 2015. Has been playing with a sore shoulder throughout much of his 2017 campaign. Overall, he possesses tremendous upside, as a basketball standout in high school, he did not play football until his senior year and his best is yet to come. Due to that, expect him to be a high priority free agent and possibly even a late round draft selection.
2016: Had just 16 career catches entering the season. Finished with 42 receptions, for 648 yards and four touchdowns, while averaging 15.4 yards per catch.
2015: Played against Penn State in the season opener before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season … redshirted.
2014: Transferred from Hawaii … was granted a hardship waiver on 10/10 and saw his first action the following day vs. Tulsa … had first Temple catch and touchdown in game six at Houston.
Hawaii: Appeared in eight games as a true freshman for Hawaii, making five starts at wide receiver … finished the season with 12 receptions for 250 yards and four touchdowns.
High School: A 2013 graduate of Neptune High School in New Jersey…played just one year of organized football…selected to All Shore Media’s all-Shore second team, all-Class B North and all-Monmouth County second team…totaled 33 catches for 737 yards and seven touchdowns… helped Neptune finish 9-3 and reach its second straight Central Jersey Group III final…also a standout basketball player … led Neptune’s basketball team to the Group III state finals as a junior and averaged 17 points and 15 rebounds during the team’s state title run…received several Division I basketball scholarship offers … an Academic All-Shore selection …
Personal: Born Keith Kirkwood in Neptune, N.J. … earned degree in criminal justice … has four brothers and one sister … parents are Kevin and Maria Kirkwood of Neptune, N.J.