Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton is among 30 college football players named to the first edition of the 2013 Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List that was released Thursday.
The Heisman Trophy, presented annually since 1935, is the most prestigious award in sports. It is named after famed college football coach John W. Heisman. The 2013 winner will be announced in New York on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Keeton, who is one of 19 quarterbacks on the watch list, joins Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr, Nevada junior quarterback Cody Fajardo and San Jose State senior quarterback David Fales as players from the Mountain West to make the list.
“Chuckie has earned every right to be included in preseason campaigns, polls and watch lists for every award a quarterback can be,” USU head coach Matt Wells said. “He’s earned that right based on his play for the last two years. He’s earned it by his win-loss record as a quarterback, he’s earned it by his stats, his leadership — everything he does for our program inside the building and outside the building. He’s earned every right to be included in every category that anybody wants to talk about in the country.”
Keeton, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as a sophomore after ranking 17th nationally in total offense (307.1 ypg), 18th in passing efficiency (154.7) and 29th in passing (259.5 ypg).
During the 2012 season, Keeton set single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676), while tying the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 121 yards at Louisiana Tech.
Along with earning first-team all-league honors as a sophomore, Keeton was also named the WAC’s Offensive Player of the Week four times during the course of the season as he had at least two touchdown passes in 10 games and rushed for a touchdown in eight games, while throwing for at least 300 yards three times in the last five games of the season and five times overall.
Keeton concluded his sophomore season completing 275-of-407 passes for 3,373 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran the ball 129 times for 619 yards (47.6 ypg) with eight touchdowns.
The 2013 Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List (post-spring edition)
Ameer Abdullah, Jr., RB, Nebraska
David Ash, Jr., QB, Texas
Blake Bell, Jr., QB, Oklahoma
Tajh Boyd, Sr., QB, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville
Ka’deem Carey, Jr., RB, Arizona
Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State
Jadeveon Clowney, Jr., DE, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, So., WR, Maryland
Cody Fajardo, Jr., QB, Nevada
David Fales, Sr., QB, San Jose State
Devin Gardner, Jr., QB, Michigan
Everett Golson, So., QB, Notre Dame
Todd Gurley, So., RB, Georgia
Kevin Hogan, So., QB, Stanford
Brett Hundley, So., QB, UCLA
Duke Johnson, So., RB, Miami
Chuckie Keeton, Jr., QB, Utah State
Marqise Lee, Jr., WR, USC
Jordan Lynch, Sr., QB, Northern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, So., QB, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, So., QB, Oregon
Venric Mark, Sr., RB, Northwestern
Taylor Martinez, Sr., QB, Nebraska
AJ McCarron, Sr., QB, Alabama
Aaron Murray, Sr., QB, Georgia
Braxton Miller, Jr., QB, Ohio State
Lache Seastrunk, Jr., RB, Baylor
De’Anthony Thomas, Jr., RB, Oregon
TJ Yeldon, So., RB, Alabama
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.