Sep 3, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keetonis joining starting quarterbacks from each Division I football program in the country in the race for the annual Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award. Voting opened Tuesday and will run through Sunday, Nov. 3.
Fans can vote for Keeton once a day per email address at www.VoteOBrien.org. The first round of voting will conclude at noon on Nov. 3, with the top 16 quarterbacks advancing to the next round.
The 2013 season marks the seventh year fans have participated in the voting. The Fan vote counts for 5 percent of the selection process and is combined with the results from the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. Fan vote totals will be cleared after each round.
In last Thursday's game at in-state rival Utah, went 31 for 40 for 314 passing yards and two touchdowns. Additionally he had 15 rushes for 85 yards and one more touchdown. After one week, Keeton is currently ninth in the NCAA in total offense 10th in completions, 21st in passing and 30th in passing efficiency.
In the USU record books, Keeton is the leader in completion percentage at 66.3 percent. He has thrown 40 touchdown passes, securing the third-place spot among Aggies. He is currently in eighth-place in both passing yardage (4,887 yards) and passing completions (412). He is sixth in total offense with 5,884 yards.
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 yards), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676), while his 407 pass attempts rank seventh all-time at USU for a single-season. He 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.
Keeton and the Aggies will be back in action this weekend as they open Mountain West Conference play at the Air Force Academy. The game will kickoff at 1:30 p.m., MT and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
The Fan Vote Process
Round One: Sept. 3 – Nov. 3
Beginning Sept. 3, fans will have all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision starting quarterbacks to choose from until the voting for semifinalists closes at noon Central Time (CT) onNov. 3.
Round Two: Nov. 4 – Nov. 24
The Fan Vote will re-open Nov. 4 following the announcement of the 16 semifinalists. Fans may vote for quarterbacks on the semifinalist list to help determine which three will advance as finalists. Fan voting will close at noon CT on Nov. 24.
Round Three: Nov. 25 – Dec. 8
The Fan Vote will re-open for the final round of voting on Nov. 25 following the announcement of the three finalists. Fans may select from the three finalists to help determine who will be the Davey O’Brien Winner. Fan voting will close at noon CT on Dec. 8.
The 2013 Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 12 on ESPN and will be honored at the 37th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner onFeb. 16-17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
About the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation’s best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2013 Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 12 on ESPN and will be honored at the 37th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 16-17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $890,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visitwww.DaveyOBrien.org.
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