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Bryan Kehl
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Kehl during his tenure with the Rams in the 2010 NFL season.
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Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-06-16) June 16, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Career information
College: Brigham Young
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 123
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2008 2010)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Mountain West Conference (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles     122
Sacks     1.0
Pass deflections     1
Interceptions     1

Bryan Kehl (born June 16, 1984) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Brigham Young University (BYU).

He has also been a member of the St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Kehl's biological father, Maurice Turner, played in the NFL for four years.[1] Kehl's brother, Billy Turner plays Guard for the Green Bay Packers. Kehl's biological mother, Amy Smith, got pregnant in 1984 in college at Aggie, she loved Turner, but marriage was not in their plans. Smith decided to give up Kehl's for adoption.

College careerEdit

As a freshman Bryan was recruited by Utah, Oregon, Utah State, Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Idaho State. He eventually decided to play his college ball at Brigham Young University in 2002 while majoring in mechanical engineering and business. He played his freshman year as a reserve right outside linebacker before taking time off from school and football to participate in an LDS Church mission to Toronto for two years. HIs freshman year, he recorded 14 tackles, 6 of which were solo tackles in 11 games. He also earned the "prep team defensive player of the week award" versus Utah State along with letterman honors. In 2005 when he returned for his second year of college, Bryan played in 11 games as a backup right outside linebacker. He recorded 30 tackles, 15 of which were solo and received letterman honors. Some of these tackles included 4 which were in the Las Vegas Bowl against California. He also blocked a punt that propelled BYU to its only score against Boston College.

In 2006 when Bryan was a junior, he started as BYU's weakside linebacker. This season he was ranked third on the team with 70 total tackles, 30 of which were solo and 8 tackles for a total loss. He also had three sacks, a recovered fumble, and led BYU linebackers during the season with 6 pass break-ups. He was an honorable mention All-Mountain West and Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors recipient. In 2007 as a senior, Kehl received First-team All-Mountain West Conference honors. He was named the team's defensive MVP, one of the captains, and earned the Strength and Conditioning Award. He ended his senior year with a career-high 91 tackles, 52 of which were solo. He put up 11.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and caused and recovered a fumble during his senior year. He deflected four passes and had an interception in three consecutive games, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-2¼ ** 242 ** 4.56 ** 1.55 ** 2.62 ** 4.18 ** 6.54 ** 35" ** 10'02" ** 26 * 29 *
* represents NFL Combine **represents BYU Pro Day

New York GiantsEdit

Kehl was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. The Giants traded up (from 130 to 123 overall) by swapping picks with the Pittsburgh Steelers and giving up one of their sixth round picks (194 overall). He was placed second on the depth chart as weak side linebacker behind Gerris Wilkinson. Kehl made his first NFL start on October 26 for the injured Gerris Wilkinson when the Giants beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Bryan got his first interception of his NFL career in this game. He picked off Steeler's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and ran it back for 17 yards.

Kehl was waived by the Giants on September 14, 2010.

St. Louis RamsEdit

Kehl was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Rams on September 15, 2010.

Washington RedskinsEdit

On April 23, 2012, Kehl signed with the Washington Redskins.[2] For the team's 3-4 defensive scheme, he switched from an outside linebacker to an inside linebacker to play a backup role to London Fletcher and Perry Riley.[3] Kehl was cut on August 31, 2012 for final cuts before the start of the 2012 season.[4]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On October 2, 2012 Kehl was signed by the Chiefs. On November 27, 2012 Kehl was waived by the Chiefs after playing only 3 games for the team.

Second Stint with RedskinsEdit

On November 28, 2012, Kehl was claimed off waivers by the Redskins.[5] Set to be a free agent again for the 2013 season, the Redskins re-signed him to another one-year contract on March 14, 2013.[6] In the Week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys, he tore the ACL in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve the next day.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kinkhabwala, Aditi (September 10, 2010). "An Adopted Linebacker With an Unlikely Story". Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703453804575479752667612216.
  2. Jones, Mike (April 23, 2012). "Bryan Kehl to join Redskins at ILB". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/post/bryan-kehl-to-join-redskins-at-ilb/2012/04/23/gIQAztmEcT_blog.html. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  3. King, Derrick (August 14, 2012). "Kehl Finding Success In Opportunity". Redskins.com. http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Kehl-Finding-Success-In-Opportunity/4039dce8-c57d-4534-9f1d-30bcb1d3cca1. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  4. Jones, Mike (August 31, 2012). "Redskins' cutdown day begins". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2012/08/31/redskins-release-qb-jonathan-crompton/. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  5. Tinsman, Brian (November 29, 2012). "Redskins Claim Kehl, Waive Addison". Redskins.com. http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Redskins-Claim-Kehl-Waive-Addison/1e960ac8-85d3-446a-bca1-23748af79fff. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  6. Jones, Mike (March 14, 2013). "Redskins re-sign backup linebacker Bryan Kehl". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2013/03/14/redskins-re-sign-backup-linebacker-bryan-kehl/. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  7. Jones, Mike (October 14, 2013). "Redskins lose Kehl, Sundberg for the year with knee injuries". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2013/10/14/redskins-lose-kehl-sundberg-for-the-year-with-knee-injuries/. Retrieved October 14, 2013.

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