Defensive End- Arden Key
Standing at 6’6″ 265 lbs, Key is a freakish sized athlete.
If you take a look at the stats for Key, his sophomore year is what stands out the most. Not only did his eleven sacks lead his team, but also the SEC. The only thing is, his sophomore year Key weighed a mere 240 lbs compared to where he is now.
Before we jump into the tape let’s talk about his sophomore season.
Key was arguably the best pass rusher in the nation in 2016, and his attributes were off the charts. His get off speed (first step) and his ability to bend almost like Gumby really set himself apart from other pass rushers across college football. To go along with that, Key possessed a professional hand fighting skill-set that would scare opposing tackles.
Besides the fact that Key could rush the passer BETTER than anyone in the nation 2016, he was a liability in the run game. His low weight made it easy for opposing tackles to throw him around, so his preferred use was during passing downs.
Jumping to his junior year, Key left the team during the spring season for personal reasons. You can make your own decision on how you feel about this and do your own research, but the fact of the matter is that he left the team for a short period of time.
Heading back into camp Key was able to gain twenty pounds, have surgery on a nagging shoulder injury and also having the chance to work with a professional trainer to progress in rushing the passer.
All three sound great, but it did not help Key as much as he liked. Four sacks his junior season, and yet again plagued by injury.
Key looked slow and out of shape. It seemed as if all his aggression left his body, and you will see it evident in the tape.
Here is a look at Key’s sophomore and junior year games versus Florida.