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#2011 Curtis Keaton
Position: Football

Keaton was a two-year football standout during the 1998 season under head coach Alex Wood and the 1999 under Mickey Matthews. 

In his first season in 1998, Keaton led the Dukes in rushing with 1,064 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and First-Team All-State honors. He was selected as JMU's Most Valuable Player, setting the school record for rushing attempts in a single game with 38 at Delaware.  He also recorded his career single game-high with 241 rushing yards at Villanova.

For his senior campaign, Keaton was part of a Dukes' team that co-championed the 1999 Atlantic-10 championship and advanced to the NCAA playoffs.  He led the team in rushing (1,719 yards) and scoring (126 points) for the second straight season.  He matched school records for rushing touchdowns (5) and points scored (30) in a 48-14 drubbing of Connecticut.

Keaton earned Atlantic 10 and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors to go with Second Team Associated Press All-America honors. He was also a finalist for both the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top I-AA offensive player and the Bill Dudley Award as the top Division I player in Virginia. Other awards in 1999 included First Team All-Atlantic 10 and VaSID All-State. He was honored as JMU's Male Athlete of the Year and appeared in a pair of senior all-star games in the Blue-Gray Classic and the Hula Bowl. 

Keaton, who began his collegiate career at West Virginia, ranked third on JMU's career chart at the time of his induction in both rushing yards with 2,783 and rushing touchdowns with 30.  Despite playing just two years, he also is currently seventh in career scoring with 186 points and tenth in career total offense with 2,783 yards.  Keaton also has four of the top 10 single-game rushing efforts in school history and posted three consecutive 200-yard games a senior while falling four yards shy of a fourth.  He was selected in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.  His selection with the 97th overall still ranks as the second highest for a JMU player.