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Marcus Keyes relies on yoga to remain consistent leader on OSU's O-line

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Marcus Keyes signals for a first down during the Bedlam football game on Nov. 10, 2018, in Norman, Oklahoma at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (DEVIN LAWRENCE WILBER/O'Colly)

Playing in all 50 consecutive games is no small feat for a football player, and Marcus Keyes is no small football player.

Keyes, a senior left guard, stands at 6 feet, 3 inches and 309 pounds, so taking good care of his body is imperative to the consistency he has had throughout his career at Oklahoma State.  

How does someone who is involved in nearly every play for OSU's offense stay so consistent despite picking up injuries throughout his career?

The answer is a mixture of things with one in particular that people might not expect. 

Yoga.

During the previous season, Rob Glass, OSU’s strength and conditioning coach, brought in an instructor to help his players recover from any injuries they might have had.

For Keyes, it stuck and has now become his key to consistency and a part of his normal routine.

With OSU leaning on the running game this season and Chuba Hubbard leading the nation in rushing yards, Keyes' presence has never been needed more.

Knowing that Keyes will always be there has given fellow linemen such as Dylan Galloway a sense of comfort.

“It just shows that you can count on him,” Galloway said. “You know every week that Marcus is going to be there, and you can count on him to do his job and work hard. I think that just pushes everybody else to work harder.”

Keyes, a redshirt senior from Port Allen, Louisiana, has been a mainstay of teams for as long as he can remember. 

During his time at Port Allen, he was featured on the offensive and defensive lines, as well as special teams despite his size.

Working through injuries to play all 50 games of his career, starting 48 of those, pushes Keyes to only be better.

“It made me work harder to become the guy I am now,” Keyes said. “You’re gonna face some obstacles in the road, and you gotta overcome them.”

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