Keylon Stokes is entering his final year with the Golden Hurricane. A three-year letter winner and a two-year starter, Stokes has become the receiver Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery hoped he would become.
“He’s a dog on the field,” Montgomery said. “He is a great leader. Nobody outworks him.”
Stokes led the team with 1,040 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season, but the Manvel, Texas product is setting the bar even higher for his upcoming final season.
“Fifteen-hundred yards and 20 receiving touchdowns,” Stokes said. “That’s something I just have to keep pushing for and keep motivating myself.”
Wearing the number two, the same jersey number his brother Keevan Lucas wore, is a sense of familial pride for Stokes. His mother died when he was in the eighth grade. Growing up quickly has made him into the football player he is today.
“We carry it on our shoulders,” Stokes said of the jersey number. “We keep a chip on our shoulder and it motivates us. I’m doing this for him, for everyone in my family. We go through it together. I’m never alone and I’m always with him. That’s my brother, you know?”
TU hasn’t had an offensive player drafted into the NFL since 2011. Stokes has plenty of confidence that streak will be broken.
“It’s going to happen,” Stokes said. “I’m going to be in the NFL.”