Name: Keaton Darney
Position: Offensive tackle
Year: Redshirt freshman
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Loyola
2014 Stats: Darney made the team as a walk-on at the start of the season, but then redshirted and did not appear in any games. He put on 28 pounds during the year, according to Cuse.com profile data.
2015 Projections: He's fourth on the left tackle depth chart, behind seniors Ivan Foy and Michael Lasker and three-star prospect Denzel Ward. It doesn't look like he'll get any playing time, barring any injuries. And as we all know, there are never any injuries on the offensive line.
How'd He Get Here: He grew up in Glendora, just east of Los Angeles and played guard and center at Loyola High School, which claims to be the oldest running school in Southern California.
What'd Scout/Rivals Say: Unrated.
Money Quote: N/A
Links of Wonder: Imagine going 65 years without playing a home game? That's just what his high school football team did until last year. The team goes to other venues for its home games because Loyola lacks the parking and permanent seating needed. But last September, the team held its first true on-campus homecoming in decades last and won in front of a sold-out crowd.
Tweets of Wonder:
Don't dig for water under the outhouse
— Keaton (@71keaton) November 16, 2013
What Does The Coaching Staff Think of Him: Just this anecdote, courtesy of the DO:
Offensive line coach Joe Adam turned up the intensity early in Friday's practice.
With the linemen lining up opposite each other for a drill, Adam walked over to Keaton Darney and angrily told him, "That's not a fit position!" and told Darney to keep his head higher and hips lower.
When the drill was completed, Adam yelled at the group to increase its pace as the players picked up shields and prepared for the next exercise. There, linemen getting into position underneath a chute and going at the linemen opposite them, driving them backward.
"Go to the whistle!" Adam shouted, when his players started easing up.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: His high school produced another Syracuse walk-on, Justin Thomas, who's best remembered for making an interesting cameo in the six-overtime game against UConn.
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