Utah State junior QB Chuckie Keeton will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury against BYU (10/4/13). You can continue to follow Utah State football at its official site, UtahStateAggies.com. Keeton is expected to return for the Aggies for the 2014 season and will once again be promoted for the Heisman Trophy as one of the best dual-threat QB's in the nation.
Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton enters the 2013 season primed to showcase his talents as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation after leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record, a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory and a national ranking of No. 16 in the country in the final Associated Press poll a year ago.
As Utah State’s starting quarterback in 2012, Keeton led the Aggies to just its second-ever bowl win, just its third back-to-back bowl appearances, and the most wins in a single-season in school history with 11.
Entering his junior campaign, Keeton is already listed among the elite names in college football, as he is one of 30 players named to the first edition of the 2013 Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List; one of 30 quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Watch List; one of 50 players named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List; one of 34 quarterbacks named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List; one of 76 players named to the Maxwell Award Watch List; one of 30 quarterbacks named to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterbacks Watch List; and one of 115 players nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
During his sophomore season in 2012, Keeton earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as he led Utah State to its first outright conference championship since 1936. For the year, Keeton ranked third in the WAC and 17th nationally in total offense with 307.1 yards per game, second in the WAC and 18th in the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 154.7, third in the WAC and 29th nationally with 259.5 passing yards per game, and eighth in the WAC with 47.6 rushing yards per game.
Keeton finished the year completing 275-of-407 passes for 3,373 yards with 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, while rushing for 619 yards on 129 carries with eight more touchdowns. He also tied the single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 121 yards on a career-high tying 17 carries in a 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech.
During his sophomore season, Keeton threw at least two touchdown passes in 10 of his 13 games, including a season-high four against UNLV as he passed for a career-high 404 yards against the Rebels. Overall, Keeton threw for at least 300 yards five times during the season, including three times in his final five games.
As a sophomore in 2012, Keeton set single-season school records with 27 touchdown passes, 3,372 passing yards, 3,992 yards of total offense, 275 completions and a completion percentage of 67.6 percent. He was also named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week four times during the 2012 season, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat and the first WAC player to earn four player of the week honors in a single season since 2010.
For his career, Keeton already ranks first all-time in school history with a career completion percentage of 65.6 percent, fourth all-time with 38 career touchdown passes, seventh all-time with 5,485 career yards of total offense, ninth all-time with 4,573 career passing yards, and ninth all-time with 381 career completions.
With Keeton under center, Utah State is poised to build on its current seven-game winning streak, which ranks as the fourth-longest active streak in the nation, while continuing its recent run of success that has led to 16 wins in its last 19 games.
As one of the most complete quarterbacks in the nation, Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton is definitely a player to keep your eye on during the 2013 season.