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2017 MAC Football Player Countdown #18: John Keenoy, C, WMU

He's a seasoned veteran with a reliable set of skills. Will it continue for two more years?

NCAA Football: Cotton Bowl-Wisconsin vs Western Michigan
John Keenoy protecting Zach Terrell in the Cotton Bowl against a ferocious Wisconsin defensive line.
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John Keenoy is returning for his junior year after two successful years as a center. Originally signing to the Western Michigan Broncos as a three-star prospect from East Kentwood, MI, Keenoy was a highly sought-after lineman. At 6’3” and 300 pounds, he has the size and strength to dominate even Big Ten opponents. Keenoy’s teammate Luke Juriga even jokes:

John Keenoy’s blocking ability is no joke, however. Last year, Keenoy led the way for 6,727 total offensive yards and 582. Additionally, Keenoy’s strong presence gave Zach Terrell ample time to deliver over 3,500 passing yards in 2016.

Keenoy started all but one of the 27 games since his freshman year. He is a highly reliable asset to the Broncos as a blocker, but is also a low risk for injuries and mistakes. In those same 27 games, Keenoy did not cause any turnovers from bad snaps. That alone is a wild statistic since Western Michigan primarily used a “shotgun” formation. Add in his size and strength and Keenoy is a prime offensive lineman.

His talents are not falling on deaf ears either. In fact, John Keenoy has been added to watch lists for the Outland and Rimington Trophies. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best interior lineman on either offense or defense. The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding center in college football. From personally scouring game film, you can see how well Keenoy secures the center of the offensive line. Terrell was able to sit back in the pocket for up to four seconds at a time without fear because of Keenoy’s commitment to his blocks. I am certain that Western Michigan is excited to get another year or two out of John Keenoy before he gets a call at a higher level.