Keenan Pili
Linebacker 41
Ht/Wt
6'
3"
|
237 lbs.
Class
Junior
Hometown
Provo, 
Utah
Last School
Timpview High School
Roster Years
2016 | 2019-2022


Pronunciation: Pee-lee

BYU Highlights

  • 2021
    • A Team Captain, played in and started first three games before suffering a season-ending injury
    • Totaled 31 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry
    • Recorded a career-high 17 tackles (10 solo, seven assist), including a tackle-for-loss in 24-16 win over Arizona at Allegiant Stadium
  • 2020
    • Named Second Team All-Independent
    • Named Boca Raton Bowl Defensive MVP after BYU’s 49-23 win over UCF
    • Played in 10 games, starting eight
    • Second on the team in total tackles with 72 while sharing a team-high of 37 assisted tackles with Isaiah Kaufusi
  • 2019
    • Played in 11 games with one start against USC
    • Totaled 25 tackles, including 17 solo stops
  • See "Year" tab for further information

Personal

  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Missionary Service: Served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orlando, Florida (2017-19)
  • Parents are Rebecca and Wayland Pili
  • Brother, Trajan, played defensive line at BYU (2013, 2016-19)
  • His father's cousin Ifo Pili played defensive line for BYU in 1997-98, 2001-03

Before BYU

  • A three-star recruit by 247, Rivals, Scout and ESPN out of Timpview HS
  • No. 5 player in Utah by Rivals and the No. 1 outside linebacker in Utah by Scout
  • A Semper Fi All-American
  • Named to Salt Lake Tribune Coaches’ All-State Class 4A Second Team in 2015
  • Played strong safety in high school
  • Helped Timpview to an 11-2 overall and 6-0 regional record en route to an appearance in the UHSAA 4A State Football Championship game
  • As a senior he recorded 70 total tackles, including 51 solo stops along with one sack, three fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal
  • Coached by Cary Whittingham
  • Recruited by Cal, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Nevada, UNLV, Yale, Arizona, Hawaii and Wyoming
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2019

  • Played in 11 games with one start against USC
  • Totaled 25 tackles, including 17 solo stops
  • Posted one sack against Liberty
  • Totaled 1.5 tackles for loss
  • Had two pass breakups
Sophmore Year 2021

  • Team Captain played in and started first three games before suffering a season-ending injury
  • Recorded a career-high 17 tackles (10 solo, seven assist), including a tackle-for-loss in 24-16 win over Arizona at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders
  • Suffered season-ending injury in BYU's victory over No. 19 Arizona State.at LaVell Edwards Stadium in third game of the year 
  • Helped BYU win its first three games of the year, all over Pac-12 teams Arizona, Utah and ASU
  • Totaled 31 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry despite not playing three complete games due to injury
Junior Year 2022

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

  • A member of the scout team
Medical Redshirt Year

Junior 2020

  • Named Second Team All-Independent
  • Named Boca Raton Bowl Defensive MVP after BYU’s 49-23 win over UCF
  • Played in 10 games, starting eight
  • Helped strong BYU defense in 2020 rank No. 4  in scoring defense (15.3), No. 10 in total defense (317.4), No. 19 in rushing defense (119.9) and No. 22 in passing defense (197.5)
  • Second on the team in total tackles with 72 while sharing a team-high of 37 assisted tackles with Isaiah Kaufusi
  • Tallied two TFL on the season for six yards with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry
  • Recovered a fumble against Boise State
  • Payton Wilgar, Keenan Pili and D'Lo Mandell at 2022 Media Day: State of the Program

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  • Keenan Pili on BYU Sports Nation at 2022 Media Day

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