Former Baldwin Wallace University Defensive End Keith Darbut Signs With the Seattle Seahawks
BEREA, OHIO -- Former Baldwin Wallace University defensive end Keith Darbut (Miami, Fla./ Palmetto) has signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks and will be added to its practice squad as an outside linebacker. The 6’5”, 245-pounder was originally signed last summer by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent.
“Signing with Cincinnati last summer was a dream come true,” said Darbut. “I am grateful to the Cincinnati organization for believing in me and giving me that opportunity.
“But even after the Bengals released me, I knew that my dream of playing in the NFL wasn’t over,” continued Darbut. “I kept working hard and my agent was persistent in looking for more opportunities. Having another chance with the Seahawks is exactly what we hoped would happen. Now, I have to make the most of the opportunity.”
Prior to signing with Cincinnati, Darbut had spent countless hours as a student-athlete at BW, getting a good education and playing football for the Yellow Jackets and hoping for an opportunity to make his dream come true.
“I have been working towards this goal all my life and I have sacrificed a lot over the past two-plus years to get to this point. All the hard work has paid off. I would like to thank all of the people that supported me through this process. Without their sacrifices I would not have achieved this goal and I am glad I did not let them down.”
Darbut, the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference’s Paul J. Hoernemann Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman, finished his senior season second in the OAC with 10.5 quarterback sacks and led the Yellow Jacket defense with 15 tackles for lost yardage. Darbut recorded 43 tackles, 11 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries en route to being named first-team All-OAC, first-team ohiocollegefootball.com All-Ohio Division III and second-team d3football.com NCAA Division III All-North Region.
“We are excited for Keith and his quest to make an NFL roster,” stated Baldwin Wallace Head Football Coach John Snell. “He continued to be persistent even after the Bengals let him go. His persistence and continued hard work paid off. This doesn’t surprise me at all.
“Even before last season’s NFL Draft, Keith worked very hard to fulfill a dream of playing at the highest level. It will be a great accomplishment for our program to have a player of Keith’s caliber to play in the NFL. Our entire BW football family is pulling for him!”
Darbut finished his career at BW with 82 tackles, 26.5 tackles-for-loss, 21 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also had one reception for 40 yards and a touchdown on the opening play for BW’s offense during the season opener of the 2010 season versus Wooster to spark the Yellow Jackets to a 38-14 victory.
Prior to last summer’s NFL Draft, Darbut worked out for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. He also participated at the University of Akron’s Pro Day on March 10 where he recorded 40-yard dash times of 4.38 and 4.40 to go along with a 10-foot and 6-inch broad jump, 38-inch vertical and did 26 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.
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