Initially, Josh Keyes had some trepidation about his move from safety to strong-side linebacker in Boston College’s aggressive new defensive scheme.
BC defensive coordinator Don Brown sensed Keyes’s speed and physical ability would be better suited at the point of attack. So Keyes (pronounced KIZE) was moved to strong-side linebacker, where he was installed as the talented understudy to senior Sam linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who himself was making a move to the position.
When the Eagles host eighth-ranked Florida State Saturday afternoon, BC’s defense will need Keyes and Pierre-Louis to be on top of their game to help neutralize dual-threat quarterback Jameis Winston, who will be at the helm of a Seminoles offense that ranks 13th in the nation in total offense. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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