Oct. 5, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his last game against BYU on Friday, Oct. 4, it was announced Saturday by USU head coach Matt Wells.
Keeton, a 6-2, 200-pounder from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) suffered the injury late in the first quarter of USU's 31-14 loss to BYU as he tore both his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee. Keeton, who will have surgery in the next week, is expected to miss the next eight months.
"Very unfortunate situation for both Chuckie and our team," said Wells. "We've lost a great leader, great teammate and a very productive football player. I have all the confidence in the world in Chuckie, along with our doctors and staff that he will come back stronger than ever next season. As for the remainder of this season, we will regroup as a team and pick up the slack and continue to strive to compete for the Mountain West championship."
Entering Utah State's game against BYU, Keeton ranked second in the nation with 17 touchdowns passes, second in the nation in points responsible for (22.8 pg), second in the Mountain West and 22nd in the nation in passing efficiency (161.6), third in the MW and eighth in the nation in completions (26.4), third in the MW and 11th in the nation in completion percentage (.710), third in the MW and 18th in the nation in total offense (317.2 ypg), and fourth in the MW and 25th in the nation in passing (272.4 ypg).
Keeton will finish the 2013 season 136-of-196 passing for 1,388 yards with 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while rushing for 241 yards on 55 carries with two more touchdowns. His 18 touchdown passes in just over five games this season already ranks tied for the ninth-most in school history.
Among active quarterbacks at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, Keeton ranks fourth in career completion percentage (.669), 10th in touchdowns responsible for (69), 12th in passing efficiency (152.4), and was one of 18 FBS quarterbacks to throw for at least 5,000 yards and rush for at least 1,000 yards prior to the BYU game.
For his Utah State career, Keeton ranks first all-time in completion percentage (.665), second in touchdown passes (56), tied for second in completions (517), third in total offense (7,114 yards), sixth in passing yards (5,961), seventh in passing attempts (777) and 21st in rushing (1,153).
Utah State (3-3, 2-0 MW) returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 when it hosts Mountain West foe Boise State (3-2, 1-1) in a game that will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221).
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