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. 2, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the third time in his career Keeton has received USU student-athlete of the week honors.
Keeton, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback from Houston, Texas (Hebron HS) set a single-game school record, completing 88.0 percent of his passes, in leading Utah State to a 34-3 season-opening home win against Southern Utah Thursday night. Keeton, who played just three quarters, was 22-of-25 passing for a career-high 304 yards and two touchdowns. Those 22 completions were also a career-high. Overall, he was the first 300-yard passer for USU since 2010.
After the first week of play, Keeton ranks second in the Western Athletic Conference and sixth nationally in passing efficiency (208.5), second in the WAC and tied for 15th nationally in passing yards per game (304.0) and second in the WAC and 22nd nationally in total offense (307.00).
Utah State returns to action Friday, Sept. 7, when it hosts in-state rival Utah in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Junior Kyle McKenna (Farmington, Utah) was Utah State’s top finisher at its own Aggie Invitational this past weekend at the Innovation Campus Wellness Park. McKenna placed third overall in the four-mile race with a time of 18:49.73 to lead USU to a fourth-place team finish.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Senior Alex Litzsinger (Pocatello, Idaho) led the Utah State women to a third-place team finish after placing fifth individually at its lone home meet of the season, the Aggie Invitational at Innovation Campus Wellness Park. Litzsinger clocked in with a time of 17:58.79 in the five-kilometer race.
SOCCER – Junior midfielder Kendra Pemberton (North Salt Lake, Utah) helped Utah State to a 1-1 record last weekend with a 1-0 home loss to Northern Colorado and a 2-1 overtime win at Utah Valley. Against UVU, Pemberton had an assist and the game-winning goal. For the week, Pemberton had nine shots, including four on goal, as she had one goal and one assist for three points.
VOLLEYBALL – Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) earned her first career all-tournament team honor this past weekend at the San Diego State Aztec Challenge as she helped UtahState to a second-place team finish with wins against Montana (3-2) and Sacred Heart (3-1) and a loss to host San Diego State (3-1). Orr hit .364 (41-9-88) during the tournament, logging a career-high 17 kills on a career-best .419 (17-4-31) hitting percentage against the Grizzlies. Orr also posted 12 kills each in the Aggies’ four-set win against Sacred Heart and its four-set loss to SDSU. Orr added 11 digs and seven total blocks on the weekend.
2012-13 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 27 – Josselyn White, Volleyball
Sept. 3 – Chuckie Keeton, Football
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.