Nov. 19, 2012
November 19, 2012 For Immediate Release Contact: Doug Hoffman (435) 797-3714
Utah State Quarterback Chuckie Keeton Earns WAC Offensive Player of the Week Honors Sophomore earns fourth award on the season after performance at Louisiana Tech.
LOGAN, Utah - For the fourth time this season, Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been named the Western Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in leading Utah State to a 48-41 WAC road win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon.
Along with the conference honor, Keeton was named College Sports Madness' WAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season as well as the American First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this year.
Keeton is one of six Aggies this year to earn WAC Player of the Week honors joining senior punter Tyler Bennett (9/10), senior running back Kerwynn Williams (9/24), redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell (10/8, 10/15), redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz (10/22), and senior defensive back Will Davis (11/5).
Keeton was also named WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10, Oct. 1 and Oct. 29. He is the first player to be named WAC Player of the Week four times in a single season since Hawaii's Bryant Moniz accomplished the feat in 2010. As for Utah State, Keeton is the first player in school history to earn conference player of the week honors four times in a single season. The school record for conference Player of the Week is 11, set during the 1997 season. So far this season, Utah State players have received the honor 10 times.
Keeton, a 6-1, 200-pound sophomore from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) completed 20-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 86-yard pass for a score on USU's first offensive play of the game, Saturday. Keeton also tied his career-high with 17 rushing attempts and ran for a career-high 121 yards, tying the USU single-game school record by a quarterback. Keeton also tied his career-high with two rushing touchdowns.
Against Louisiana Tech, Keeton set new single-season school records for touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,538). Overall, Keeton helped USU's offense produce season-highs in total offense (646) and rushing offense (306).
On the season, Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 11th in the nation in total offense (321.6 ypg), second in the WAC and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (159.1), third in the WAC and 25th in the nation in passing (273.3 ypg), and seventh in the WAC in rushing (47.9 ypg).
Overall, Keeton is 237-of-351 passing on the year for 3,011 yards with 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He has also carried the ball 113 times for 527 yards with six touchdowns.
Utah State (9-2, 5-0 WAC), who is ranked tied for 25th in the nation in this week's Associated Press Poll, is off to its best start to a season since the 1961 team finished the year with a 9-1-1 record and USU's nine wins thus far this year are tied with the 1960 and 1961 USU teams for the most victories in a single season in school history.
Utah State continues WAC play at home this weekend against Idaho (1-10, 1-4 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Overall, USU has won each of its last seven home games to rank as its best home winning streak since the 1966-68 teams combined for eight-straight home wins. The Aggies will be going for their first undefeated home season since the 1982 team posted a 4-0 record.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas) helped Utah State to a 1-1 home record last week with a 67-58 loss to Saint Mary's and a 77-68 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Against the Gaels, Shaw posted his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, both of which are career-highs, as he was 5-of-13 from the field and 7-for-8 at the free throw line. Against the Islanders, Shaw tied his career-high with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, as he was 6-of-7 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free throw line. For the week, Shaw averaged 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, while shooting 65.0 percent from the field (13-20) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (12-14).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Devyn Christensen (Caldwell, Idaho) scored in double-figures in three-straight games last week as Utah State lost at Utah Valley (78-62), at UC Riverside (94-90 OT) and at Loyola Marymount (98-81). Against the Wolverines, Christensen had 16 points, four steals and three rebounds on 6-of-21 shooting. Versus the Highlanders, she scored 22 points as she was 6-of-24 from the field and 7-for-8 at the free throw line, to go along with six assists, a career-high tying six steals and five rebounds. And against the Lions, she scored a career-high 31 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, while making all 10 of her free throws. She also had seven rebounds, tied her career-high again with six steals and added three assists against LMU. For the week, Christensen averaged 23.0 points, 5.3 steals, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field (21-of-63), 28.6 percent from three-point range (8-28), and 95.0 percent at the free throw line (19-20).
VOLLEYBALL - Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) helped Utah State to a 1-0 record last week with a three-set win against Texas State. Against the Bobcats, Orr hit a career-high .600 (12-0-20) with a match-high tying 12 kills and added four digs and two block assists.
2012-13 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 27 - Josselyn White, Volleyball
Sept. 3 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 10 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 17 - Tanner Higham, Golf
Sept. 24 - Kerwynn Williams, Football
Oct. 1 - Josselyn White, Volleyball
Oct. 8 - Jennifer Flynn, Soccer
Oct. 15 - Kyler Fackrell, Football
Oct. 22 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Oct. 29 - Jade Tarver, Soccer
Nov. 5 - Natalie Norris, Soccer
Nov. 12 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Nov. 19 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
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