Sept. 16, 2013
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. 15, in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
This is the second consecutive week eighth time in his Utah State career that Keeton has won the award.
This week, Keeton, a 6-1, 200 pound junior quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) tied his career-high and school record of five touchdown passes in a game for the second week in a row and was 19-of-25 passing for 249 yards in leading USU to a 70-6 Homecoming win against Weber State. Keeton carried the ball five times for 25 yards.
He currently leads the Mountain West Conference and is seventh in the nation in total offense, averaging 370.0 yards per game. With a pass efficiency score of 187.7, he is ninth in the NCAA and first in the MWC. Additionally, Keeton is tied for first in the nation in touchdown passes with 12 on the season.
Overall this season, Keeton is 82-of-105 passing for 923 yards and 12 touchdowns, with just one interception. He has also carried the ball 28 times for 187 yards with one rushing touchdown.
The Aggies are on the road again this weekend, taking on the Trojans of USC. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. (MT) with live television broadcast on ABC in the west and ESPN2 in the east.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Junior Mike Bills (Orem, Utah) finished 16th individually at the Utah Valley Invitational with a time of 19:00.5 over the six-kilometer course, helping the Aggies to a fourth-place team finish.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Sophomore Kelsey Girardelli (Livermore, Calif.) placed sixth individually at the Utah Valley Invitational with a time of 18:40.0 over the five-kilometer course for her highest-ever collegiate finish. With her finish, Girardelli helped USU's women place third out of four teams.
FOOTBALL - Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton (Houston, Texas) tied his own school record with five touchdown passes (5, 39, 4, 15, 8) for the second time in as many weeks in leading Utah State to a 70-6 Homecoming win against Weber State as USU's 70 points are the sixth-most in school history. Against the Wildcats, Keeton was 19-of-25 passing for 249 yards and also carried the ball five times for 25 yards.
SOCCER - Junior defender Taryn Rose (North Salt Lake) guided Utah State to a 0-1-1 record last week with an overtime home loss to No. 25 Arkansas and a 0-0 double overtime road tie at Cal State Fullerton. Against the Razorbacks, Rose scored USU's second goal. Against the Titans, Rose was the anchor of the USU defense that stopped the CSF offense for 110 minutes. On the week, Rose scored one goal on three shots and helped USU's defense allow only two goals in two matches, while playing all 201 minutes.
VOLLEYBALL - Senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas) earned her first career all-tournament team honor by being named to the Duke Invitational all-tournament team after helping Utah State to a 1-2 mark in the two-day tournament with a win against Liberty (3-0) and losses to South Carolina (3-1) and Duke (3-0). USU began its week with a three-set win against Weber State as Etimani had six kills, five digs and two assists. She then recorded a career-high 18 digs, eight kills, one block assist, one ace and one assist against the Gamecocks. Against the Blue Devils, Etimani notched nine digs, two kills, one ace and one assist. And against the Flames, Etimani hit a career-best .333 (7-0-21) as she had seven kills, two assists, one block and one ace. For the week, Etimani hit .145 (22-10-84) and averaged 1.76 kills, 2.46 digs, 0.46 assists, 0.23 aces and 0.15 blocks per set. 2013-14
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