Sep 9, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football player Chuckie Keeton has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Sept. 8, in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
This is Keeton's first time winning the honor this season, but the award has gone to him six other times in his career.
Keeton, a 6-2, 200-pound junior from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) tied his own school record with five touchdown passes (30, 23, 20, 36, 1) in handing Air Force its worst home loss since 2005. Against the Falcons, he completed a career-high 32 passes and tied his career-high with 40 pass attempts, while throwing for 360 yards, which is the second-most in his career. Keeton also rushed for a game-high 77 yards on just eight carries, including a 30-yard run, to become the 25th player in school history and just second quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a career.
On the season, Keeton ranks first in the Mountain West (MW) and third in the nation in total offense (418.0 ypg), second in the MW and tied for sixth in the nation in completions (31.5), first in the MW and 20th in the nation in passing efficiency (175.9), second in the MW and 10th in the nation in passing (337.0 ypg), and sixth in the MW and 60th in the nation in rushing (81.0 ypg).
This accolade is one of several awarded to Keeton after his standout performance at Air Force. He was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week, one of eight quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Stars of the Week list, as well as earning honorable mentions for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week and National Quarterback of the Week honors from College Football Performance Awards.
After starting the season on the road for their first two games, the Aggies will play on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium Saturday, Sept. 14 as they host in-state foe Weber State for the annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included: SOCCER - Junior defender Taryn Rose (North Salt Lake) helped Utah State to a 1-0-1 record last week as it notched a 2-2 double-overtime tie at home with Nebraska and a 3-2 road win at Idaho State. Against the Huskers, Rose was part of a USU defense that recovered from a 2-0 first-half deficit, helping the Aggies earn the tie. Against the Bengals, Rose delivered the game-winning goal with a penalty kick in the 88th minute. For the week, Rose played every minute of both matches (200 minutes) and scored one goal.
VOLLEYBALL - Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) was named to the Portland Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team last weekend as she helped Utah State to a 2-1 record with wins against Pacific (3-2) and Portland (3-1), and a loss to Wichita State (3-2). Against the Shockers, Orr recorded a double-double as she tied her career-high with 19 kills to go along with 11 digs and three blocks. Against the Tigers, she had a career-high 20 kills and hit .306 (20-5-49) in the match to go along with a season-best four blocks. And against the Pilots, she recorded another double-double with 18 kills and 13 digs, to go along with three blocks. For the tournament, Orr hit .257 (57-21-140) and averaged 4.07 kills, 2.21 digs, 0.71 blocks and 0.21 aces per set.
2013-14 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Sept. 2 - Jeannie Woller, Soccer
Sept. 9 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
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