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Keith Ellison
ILB #56
Height:
6-0
Weight:
229
College:
Oregon State
Hometown:
Redondo Beach, CA
Experience:
5
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 58 265 164 101 2 0 11 2 0 11 -- 7
2010 BUF 8 20 15 5 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009 BUF 8 68 40 28 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2008 BUF 16 73 49 24 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2007 BUF 12 39 27 12 1 -- 5 1 0 4 4 4
2006 BUF 14 65 33 32 1 -- 1 1 0 7 7 7
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 58 1 0 6 6 0.1 0 6 1 100 0 0 0
2010 BUF 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 BUF 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 BUF 16 1 0.1 6 6 0.4 0 6 1 100 0 0 0
2007 BUF 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 BUF 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

PRO: Taken by the Bills with the 9th pick in the sixth round of the 2006 Draft (178th overall)… Became the fifth player taken out of Oregon State in team history and first Beaver on the defensive side of the ball selected since Armon Hatcher in 1999 in the sixth round (194th overall).

PRO: Taken by the Bills with the 9th pick in the sixth round of the 2006 Draft (178th overall)… Became the fifth player taken out of Oregon State in team history and first Beaver on the defensive side of the ball selected since Armon Hatcher in 1999 in the sixth round (194th overall).

 

2009:

  • At NE (9/14) Registered a career-high and game-high 16 tackles – including a tackle for loss.  Filled-in at MLB in nickel defense after Paul Posluszny left the game in the second quarter.
  • vs. TB (9/20) Posted a team-high 10 tackles and led the team in the category for the second consecutive week.  Posted a QB hit.  Continued his role as the team’s MLB in nickel defense.
  • at NYJ (10/18) Tied for the team-lead with 12 tackles (Chris Kelsay) and added a pass defensed and a tackle for loss.
  • vs. HOU (11/1) Started, but left the game early with a leg injury.
  • at TEN (11/15) Inactive (leg injury).
  • Placed on Injured reserve (quad injury) on November 20, 2009.

 

2008:

  • Appeared in each of the team’s 16 games, making 14 starts.
  • Ranked tied for fifth with 82 tackles on the season.
  • Posted his first fumble recovery of the season vs. Mia. (10/26) and second of his career… takeaway led to a K Rian Lindell 43-yard field goal.
  • At NYJ (12/14), had his first career rushing attempt on a fake punt play…the gain of six yards resulted in a first down.

2007:

  • Appeared in 12 games and made nine starts after being inactive for the first four games due to an ankle injury.
  • Recorded 45 total tackles, one interception, five passes defensed and a sack .
  • Started at weakside linebacker vs. Dal. (10/8) in his first action of the season and tallied five tackles.
  • Vs. Mia. (12/9), notched seven tackles to finish tied for second on the team.
  • Recorded an interception off of Eli Manning vs. NYG (12/23) in the third quarter leading to a Buffalo touchdown… Was his second career pick, both have led to touchdowns.
  • Posted only sack of the season and second of his career at Phi. (12/30) in the second quarter holding the Eagles to a field goal.

 

2006:

  • Posted 61 tackles in 14 games with seven starts … also had one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception.
  • At NE (9/10), saw time filling in for an injured Takeo Spikes in his first professional game, recording eight tackles, three solo.
  • At Mia. (9/17), made first career NFL start with Takeo Spikes inactive … had seven tackles on defense and one on special teams.
  • vs. NYJ (9/24), recorded eight tackles, five solo in his second career NFL start … eight tackles tied for team-high with London Fletcher and Angelo Crowell.
  • at Chi. (10/8), scooped up his first career fumble which led to Buffalo’s only TD in 4th quarter … also had four tackles and his first NFL sack.
  • vs. SD (12/3), saw some time on defense after Crowell left with a leg injury … made one tackle … also had a huge block to make way for Jim Leonhard’s 32 yard punt return in the third quarter.
  • vs. Mia. (12/17), tied team-high with nine tackles, including one for a loss … recorded his first career interception on the first play of the fourth quarter, leading to the Bills third touchdown … Bills were first NFL team to start at least four defensive rookies and shut out an opponent since 12/17/00 (49ers vs. Bears).

 

COLLEGE: Played his final two seasons at Oregon State as a linebacker after spending his first two seasons at San Diego State and El Camino Junior College as a safety.  As a senior, he was named All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report…All-Pac 10 Conference first team choice…started all year at strongside linebacker, ranking second on the team with 99 tackles (63 solos)…Credited with three quarterback pressures and five sacks for minus 38 yards…led the team, ranked fourth in the conference and 31st in the nation with 15 stops for losses of 55 yards…returned a fumble recovery 27 yards and had a 47-yard interception return…caused two fumbles and deflected three passes…Had at least 10 tackles in five contests … Graduated with a degree in history.

 

PERSONAL: Attended Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.) High School…played quarterback, linebacker and safety under head coach Gene Simon…as a senior, produced 1,300-plus yards passing and another 900-plus yards rushing…named the Bay League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after making 103 tackles and three interceptions…added All-Bay League and All-CIF that year…started four years in basketball as the team’s point guard… born February 6, 1984…son of Charles Ellison and Judy Reisner…brother, Chris, played football at Brigham Young and brother, Kevin, played safety at USC and is currently with San Diego Chargers.

 

COMMUNITY: In 2009, Keith participated in the Red Ribbon Rally at a local Buffalo Public School.  Keith and fellow teammate Fred Jackson were there to speak to 600 students and encourage them to make good decisions and stay away for drugs.

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