Keith Pough: From HU, To the NFL Combine, To The Buffalo Bills

Following his invitation to the 2013 NFL Combine, Howard University standout Keith Pough is taking his talents to the Buffalo Bills.

Pough joined 16 undrafted rookie free agents who have agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills on Monday, April 29.

Said Buffalo Bills College Scott Tom Roth of Pough, "He was a dominant player in the MEAC conference.  He's 6'2" and 235 and he has long arms and just needs to get a little bit bigger and stronger.  Adding, "His production was great at Howard.  He's got pass rush ability, a great motor. He ran 4.9 at the Combine, but he plays around 4.75. He plays a lot faster.  A SAM backer for us."

“My expectations are to impress the coaches enough to be an instant contributor to the team,” Pough told “I know there are a lot of challenges in terms of learning the system and getting used to the speed of the game, but that will come with time. My goal is nothing short of being a first-year starter and contributing right off the bat.”

During his career, the Orangeburg, S.C., native recorded 349 tackles, while setting a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) career record in tackles for losses with 71.

Pough was a highly awarded Howard student-athlete during his past two seasons, and received recognition as one of the top defensive players in the FCS.

Pough's leadership was a key to the Bison's second place 7-4 overall and 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standing at the end of the 2012 season. 

With Pough as team captain, Howard reached its best season record since 1998.

Throughout the post season, Pough received numerous honors, including the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award, the Sports Network FCS All-American award, a 2012 Boxtorow All-American Team member accolade, a College Sporting News 2012 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-American Team member honor, a 2012 Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College All-American team member award, and the Pigskin Club of Washington Metropolitan Player of the Year honor.

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