College football season is months away, but Howard University’s football team is already gaining national attention for the upcoming season.

The Sports Network recently cited Bison linebacker Keith Pough as one of the top-10 linebackers in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) for the 2011 football season scheduled to kickoff in August, as reported by howard-bison.com.

According to Ed Hill Jr., Howard’s Sports Information director, the 6-foot-3-inches, 235-pound red-shirt junior from Orangeburg, S.C., has proved that he has the natural “speed and range” an outside pass rusher needs, leading the FCS last season with 28.5 tackles for loss of yardage, including 10.5 sacks.

Hill said Pough gave “early notice” his freshman season that he would eventually develop into a “special player.” He recorded 35 solo tackles, 12.5 of them for losses as a redshirt freshman in 2008. He now has 157 total tackles, 40 for losses in is career.

“He improved considerably because he learned to read plays better and put himself in excellent position, where his natural ability, which is always full speed – takes over,” Hill stated. “He finished the season with 100 tackles, five QB hurries, four forced fumbles and three passes defended.”

A member of the the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2010 first team, Pough is a favored candidate to win MEAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.