USU football: Chuckie Keeton named Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for third time this year

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Oct. 22 2012 4:23 p.m. MDT

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, Oct. 21; an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.

Keeton also earned national honors from College Football Performance Awards for his performance against New Mexico State as he was named an honorable mention quarterback of the week.

It is the third time this year and fifth time in his career Keeton has received USU student-athlete of the week honors.

Keeton, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), was 16-of-26 passing for 257 yards with two touchdowns against New Mexico State, including a career-long 76-yard touchdown pass on USU's first offensive play of the game. Keeton also rushed seven times for 81 yards and tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns, to go along with a career-long 76-yard scoring run.

On the season, Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 19th in the nation in total offense (296.5 ypg), fourth in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in passing efficiency (151.2), fourth in the WAC and 37th in the nation in passing (251.9 ypg), and eighth in the WAC in rushing (44.6 ypg). He is 170-of-254 passing for 2,015 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions on the season as he is completing 66.9 percent of his passes. He has also rushed 80 times during the year for 357 yards and three touchdowns.

Utah State (6-2, 2-0 WAC) continues WAC play this week at UTSA (5-2, 1-1 WAC) on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m. (MT).

Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:

SOCCER – Senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford (West Valley City, Utah) helped Utah State to a 1-0 win against San Jose State in USU’s only match of the week. Against the Spartans, Mulford recorded three saves in 90 minutes for her sixth shutout of the season.

MEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore Curran Wearmouth (Calgary, Alberta) posted a 2-2 singles record and teamed with freshman Zeno Kastelic as the duo advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles consolation bracket at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Championships this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.

VOLLEYBALL – Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) helped Utah State to a 2-1 record last week as it lost at home to UTSA (3-0), before posting a pair of road wins at Idaho (3-2) and Seattle (3-0). Sorensen started the week with 15 kills, 11 digs and four blocks against the Roadrunners. She then logged her team-leading 11th double-double of the season with 18 kills and a season-high tying 17 digs, to go with five blocks against the Vandals. Sorensen then added 13 kills and hit .382 (13-0-34) against the Redhawks. For the week, Sorensen hit .258 (46-14-124) and averaged 4.2 kills, 3.36 digs and 1.1 blocks per set.

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

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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