Aug 21, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton is one of 35 football players named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, sponsored by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which is in its inaugural year, honors the top offensive player in Division I football, who also embodies the characteristics that define Earl Campbell.
The selection committee, which will be made up of broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and (in the future) former winners, will make the selection based on the criteria of integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
To be considered, a nominee must have been born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college.
The nominees for the award will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November followed by a pairing down to four finalists in December. The winner will be announced on January 10, 2014 at The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet in Tyler, Texas.
Keeton is one of four players from the Mountain West named to the Watch List, along with New Mexico running back Kasey Carrier, San Diego State quarterback Adam Dingwell and UNLV running back Tim Cornett. Keeton is also one of just two players from the state of Utah on the Watch List joined by BYU wide receiver Ross Apo.
Other preseason honors for Keeton this summer include being one of 30 players named to the first edition of the 2013 Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List along with being named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is given annually to America's College Player of the Year and to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. Keeton is also one of 30 players named to the Manning Award Watch List and one of 50 players named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List. He was also selected as an Athlon Sports preseason third-team all-Mountain West selection and a Phil Steele preseason fourth-team all-Mountain West selection, as well as one of 30 FBS quarterbacks named to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterbacks Watch List. In addition, Keeton is one of 115 candidates for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
Keeton, a 6-2, 200-pounder from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2012 as he ranked third in the conference and 17th nationally in total offense (307.1 ypg), second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (154.7), third in the WAC and 29th nationally in passing (259.5 ypg, and eighth in the conference in rushing (47.6 ypg). He finished the year completing 275-of-407 passes for 3,373 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions and rushed for 619 yards on 129 carries (4.8 ypc) with eight touchdowns. He finished his sophomore season by setting single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), total offense (3,992), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676), while his 407 pass attempts rank seventh all-time at USU for a single-season. H was also named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week four times during the season, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat and the first WAC player to do so since 2010.
Utah State returns 49 lettermen (offense-23, defense-22, specialists-4) and 18 starters (offense-8, defense-7, specialists-3) from its most successful team in school history as USU ended the 2012 season with a school-best 11-2 record as it set school records for wins (11) and home wins (6), while recording just its second bowl win in school history with a 41-15 victory against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936, as it went 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that both won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles.
Utah State ended the 2012 season nationally ranked for just the third time in school history as it finished the year ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll, 17th in the ESPN/ USA Today Coaches' poll and 22nd in the Bowl Championship Series standings. USU also finished the 2012 season winning its final seven games, which is tied for the fourth longest active winning streak in the nation and tied for the third-longest winning streak in school history.
Utah State will open the 2013 season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Utah and play its first Mountain West game the following weekend at Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 7. USU's first home game of the 2013 campaign will be on Saturday, Sept. 14 against Weber State, while its first home Mountain West game will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 against Boise State.
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