Oct. 14, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State's Kyler Fackrell, Chuckie Keeton and Kerwynn Williams all earned national honorable mention honors from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) following Utah State's 49-27 Western Athletic Conference road win at San Jose State this past weekend.
Fackrell, a 6-5, 236-pound redshirt freshman linebacker from Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS) earned honorable mention linebacker performer of the week honors from CFPA as he had a career-high tying 11 tackles (7-solo, 4-assist) to go along with his first two career sacks against the Spartans. Fackrell also forced and recovered a fumble during the same play on his second sack of the contest, and had a pass breakup on third-and-goal from the USU 8, preventing a SJSU touchdown on the first drive of the game. In all, Fackrell was one of nine Aggie defenders who helped recorded a school-record 13 sacks in the game.
Rutgers Khaseem Greene and San Diego State's Jake Fely were named the co-performers of the week at linebacker by CFPA, and Vigil joined A.J. Johnson (Tennessee), Phillip Steward (Houston), DeAundre Brown (Tulsa), Brandon Magee (Arizona State), C.J. Mosley (Alabama), Derek Largent (San Diego State), Dion Bailey (USC), Jake Love (Kansas), Denicos Allen (Michigan State), Jake Ryan (Michigan), Denzel Perryman (Miami), Trent Murphy (Stanford), Darin Drakeford (Maryland) and LaRoy Reynolds (Virginia) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Fackrell ranks tied for 16th in the WAC in tackles (6.7 pg). Overall, he is fourth on the team with 47 tackles (15-solo, 32-assist) to go along with 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
Keeton, a 6-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) earned honorable mention quarterback performer of the week honors from CFPA as he was 26-of-35 passing for 273 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions against San Jose State as those 26 completions were a career high. Keeton also rushed for 47 yards on six carries in the game with a 28-yard touchdown run.
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson were named co-performer of the week at quarterback, and Keeton joined Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Taylor Kelly (Arizona State), Shane Carden (East Carolina), David Fales (San Jose State), Jeff Driskel (Florida), Denard Robinson (Michigan), Cody Vaz (Oregon State), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech), Trevone Boykin (TCU), Collin Klein (Kansas State) and Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 27th in the nation in total offense (290.6 ypg), fourth in the WAC and 34th in the nation in passing (251.1 ypg), fifth in the WAC and 32th in the nation in passing efficiency (149.1), and ninth in the WAC in rushing (39.4 ypg). Overall, he is 154-of-228 passing for 1,758 yards with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season as he is completing 67.5 percent of his passes. He has also rushed 73 times during the year for 276 yards and one score.
Williams, a 5-8, 189-pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS) earned honorable mention running back performer of the week honors from CFPA as he rushed for 176 yards on just 15 carries (11.7 ypc) and scored a career-high three rushing touchdowns against San Jose State. Williams had touchdown runs of 50, 86 and 12 yards in the game, as the 86-yard burst in the third quarter was a career-long and the eighth-longest rush in school history. Williams also had four receptions for 30 yards in the game. Overall, Williams posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fourth of his career in the SJSU game.
Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Eastern Michigan's Bronson Hill were named the co-running back performers of the week by CFPA, and Williams joined Eddie Lacy (Alabama), Damien Williams (Oklahoma), Benny Cunningham (Middle Tennessee State), Giovani Bernard (North Carolina), Jeremy Hill (LSU), Senorise Perry (Louisville) and J.C. Coleman (Virginia Tech) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Williams ranks first in the WAC and 21st in the nation in all-purpose yards (149.1 ypg), first in the WAC and 29th in the nation in rushing (101.9 ypg), eighth in the WAC in scoring (6.9 ppg) and eighth in the WAC in total offense (101.9 ypg). On the season, he has carried the ball 118 times for 713 yards with six touchdowns to go along with 27 receptions for 331 yards and two touchdowns.
Utah State (5-2, 1-0 WAC) continues WAC play this week hosting New Mexico State (1-5, 0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). USU has won six-straight WAC games dating back to last season, and has won five-straight home games overall.
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