Heading into the 2014 campaign, Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton heard his name in discussion as a dark horse candidate to win college football’s top honor of being named a Heisman Trophy winner. Now, his season is likely over after re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee. Keeton sustained the injury on September 13 and has not returned to the field since.
Head coach Matt Wells hoped to have the Keeton back this week’s game against BYU, but after reevaluating the injury it is apparent that will not be the case.
“Chuckie’s health is our top priority and he has not been cleared to play by our medical staff,” Wells stated.
Through his first two games, Keeton completed 42 of 51 passes for 426 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Keeton burst onto the scene for the Aggies starting eight of nine games as a freshman. Over the course of his career, Keeton is among the nation’s best in completion percentage, touchdown passes and total touchdowns. It remains unclear if Keeton will pursue another year of eligibility because of the injury, but he has had a stellar career in an Aggies uniform and this would be a tumultuous demise.
Utah State will now turn to backup quarterback Darell Garretson, who has thrown for 389 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Garretson has been up and down through the last two games and must improve if the team hopes to become bowl eligible. The Aggies hold a 2-2 record entering Saturday’s contest against 18 ranked BYU and are coming off of a difficult 21-14 overtime loss to Arkansas State.
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