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Keith Stokes
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Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-12-10) December 10, 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth: Toms River, New Jersey
Career information
College: East Carolina
Undrafted in 2001
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2001)*
Career highlights and awards
* Frank M. Gibson Trophy (2002)
Receptions     178
Receiving yards     2,517
Receiving TDs     10
Punt Return yards-TDs     3,734-9
Kick Return yards-TDs     4,132-1
Receptions     78
Receiving yards     940
Receiving TDs     8
Return yards     1,200
Return TDs     2
Stats at CFL.ca
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Keith Stokes (born December 10, 1978) is a former professional Canadian and American football wide receiver. For the 2019 season, he is Special Teams and Offensive Assistant Coach for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.[1]

College careerEdit

Stokes attended Georgia Military College and as a sophomore, he was selected as an NJCAA All-American honoree and was named the Team MVP. Stokes attended East Carolina University where he immediately made his mark as a talented kick returner and big-play offensive weapon. In the fourth game of his career for the Pirates, he caught the game-winning 27-yard touchdown pass to defeat the #13 ranked Miami Hurricanes by a score of 27-23. The Pirates were down 20-3 at halftime in the emotional comeback victory, which was moved to Raleigh from ECU's campus in Greenville, NC, due to the after-effects of Hurricane Floyd.

Stokes set East Carolina Pirates team records as a punt returner. Stokes gained the most punt return yards in a single game with 168 in a 62-20 victory against Houston on November 11, 2000. He also possesses the best career average yards per punt return at 15.5 yards per return on 53 returns. His 94-yard punt return against Cincinnati in 1999 is the second-longest in school history.[2] Stokes also returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown against Texas Tech in the 2000 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl.[3]

Although relatively short for the receiver position, as a senior, he was able to utilize his agility and quickness to routinely create separation from defenders to lead the team in receptions and receiving yards. In 2000, Stokes led Conference USA in all-purpose yardage with 1,427 yards.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Stokes began his pro football career in the Canadian Football League. In 2002, Stokes joined the Montreal Alouettes and, in 2004, Stokes joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, won the John Agro Special Teams Award, and was named a 2004 CFL All-Star.

Stokes made the TSN CFL Play of The Year on his August 13, 2005, touchdown vs. the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It was a 67-yard reception TD from Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn.

On September 29, 2008, Stokes was signed to return to the Toronto Argonauts[5] and was released in February 2009.[6]

On March 2009, Stokes was signed to the Elancourt Templiers, French team. For his first drive in EFL is scored TD.

In 2011, Stokes signed and played for the Philadelphia Soul of the Indoor Football League. For the 2012 IFL season he signed to play with the Reading Express.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.bclions.com/2019/05/04/stokes-ready-to-run-with-lions/
  2. East Carolina Pirates' Records
  3. "CNNSI.com - 2000 NCAA Football Bowls - NCAA Football Scoreboard: Recap: East Carolina at Texas Tech - Thursday December 28, 2000 12:19 AM". CNN. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/recaps/2000/12/27/tto_eea/.
  4. "CNNSI.com - 2000 NCAA Football Bowls - Inside C-USA: Bearcats give season a kick - Thursday December 21, 2000 05:06 PM". CNN. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/2000/bowls/news/2000/12/21/cusa_insider_bowl/.
  5. Ailing Argonauts add Stokes, Washburn
  6. "Argonauts sign three on defence; release Stokes". TSN.ca. February 11, 2009. https://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=266678. Retrieved February 12, 2009.

External linksEdit

Template:John Agro Special Teams Award

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