Leroy Keyes
Leroy  Keyes

John Purdue Club Assistant Director


Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


50th Anniversary of 1966 Rose Bowl Season

More than 40 team members will be honored at Saturday's Homecoming game


7 Boilermakers to Carry Torch

Indiana bicentennial festivities come to Tippecanoe County on Oct. 12


Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics

Leroy Keyes was an outstanding running back and defensive back for the Boilermakers from 1966 to 1968.

As a sophomore in 1966, Keyes played defensive back the majority of the time and had three interceptions. Purdue finished the season 8-2 and earned a berth in the Rose Bowl.

The following year, Keyes was named Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference after rushing for 986 yards with 13 touchdowns and leading the Boilermakers to an 8-2 record. He amassed 1,870 yards total offense, the most in a season at Purdue.

In 1968, Keyes became the first player in Purdue history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season (1,003) while equaling the school record with 14 rushing touchdowns. He was a consensus All-American in both 1967 and 1968, finishing third and second in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

Keyes is the Boilermakers' career leader with an average of 5.88 yards per rushing attempt. He held the career rushing touchdowns mark, as well, with 29 before Mike Alstott bettered the mark in 1995.

Following his collegiate career, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Keyes with the third-overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft.

Named both an offensive back and defensive back on Purdue's All-Time Football Team in 1987, Keyes was selected the school's "All-Time Greatest Player." He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Keyes served as an assistant coach at Purdue under Jim Colletto in 1995 and 1996 and subsequently has been on the staff of the John Purdue Club.


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