Though fans will remember him most for his big catches, Keene was a smart and tenacious blocker for the Hokies. Perhaps the bit of blocking he inflicted on Trevon Hill will stand up there with the catches, though on the whole his blocking didn’t get much attention. He was capable in pass protection, though it wasn’t a frequent demand of him, so we’ll focus on his run-blocking.
Here he is blocking the Hokies’ Isolation play:
Keene dips and drives just before contact instead of getting caught high. If he doesn’t get low, there’s a chance he’s forced back into the runner. He gets his helmet between the linebacker and the runner, which hinders tackling—you can see how the linebacker has a little more to fight through to shuck the block. Finally, he gets...
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