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USU football: Chuckie Keeton named to Maxwell Award watch list

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 8 2013 10:35 a.m. MDT

FILE -- In this Oct. 20, 2012 photo, Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) celebrates with tight end D.J. Tialavea (91) after throwing a 76-yard touchdown pass. USU obtained new uniforms for all sports in 2012 and is in an evaluation process for the renewal of their apparel contract with Nike.

Eli Lucero, AP

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been named to the 2013 Maxwell Award Watch List, it was announced Monday by the National College Football Awards Association. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937.

Keeton is one of 76 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, including 32 quarterbacks.

Keeton, who is the only player from the state of Utah to be named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, is one of six Mountain West players recognized along with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, New Mexico running back Kasey Carrier, Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo, San Jose State quarterback David Fales and San Diego State running back Adam Muema.

Other preseason honors for Keeton this summer include being one of 30 players named to the first edition of the 2013 Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List, along with being an Athlon Sports preseason third-team all-Mountain West selection and a Phil Steele preseason fourth-team all-Mountain West selection. Keeton is also one of 30 FBS quarterbacks named to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterbacks Watch List.

Keeton, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), earned first-team all-WAC honors in 2012 as he ranked third in the conference and 17th nationally in total offense (307.1 ypg), second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (154.7), third in the WAC and 29th nationally in passing (259.5 ypg), and eighth in the conference in rushing (47.6 ypg). He finished the year completing 275-of-407 passes for 3,373 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 619 yards on 129 carries (4.8 ypc) with eight touchdowns. He finished his sophomore season by setting single season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,992), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676), while his 407 pass attempts rank seventh all-time at USU for a single season. Keeton was also named the WAC’s Offensive Player of the Week four times during the season, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat and the first WAC player to do so since 2010.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 29, while three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 25. The winner of the 2013 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12.

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

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