Ability to win

Calgary defensive lineman signs with RSEQ team

For Justin Keys, one CIS school made a favourable impression.

Recently, the 6’2, 210 pound defensive lineman from Calgary, Alberta made the decision to move out East to commence his CIS career.  Keys has committed to the Bishop’s Gaiters for the 2014 RSEQ season.

“Bishop’s was the first school I had talked to that seemed genuinely interested in me not only as a football player, but as a student and a person,” said Keys.  “Coach (Kevin) Mackey was very understanding of my situation and never once put pressure on me to make a decision.”

“I felt like they had a very close knit group.”

Furthermore, Keys wants to be part of the positive direction the Gaiters have been showing recently.

“I feel like the team is heading in the right direction,” expressed the Alberta defensive lineman.  “The team was 6-2 last season and only lost by eight points to Laval on the last play of the game.”

“Overall I was impressed with both their community and ability to win.”

Keys returns back to the game after taking a year off.  Not only has he played on the defensive line, but he has also been successful at the slotback, fullback, receiver, linebacker and running back positions.

Among the teams he has played for during his career include Calgary Stampeders of the Calgary and Area Midget Football Association (CAMFA) and Henry Wise Wood Warriors of the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA).  In his senior season with the Warriors, he scored nine touchdowns and recorded 12 sacks.

“Throughout my high school career for the Wise Wood Warriors, Cody Ehrmann, my Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator, helped develop me as a defensive player,” recalled Keys of his time with the Warriors.

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