LOGAN, Utah – Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is a candidate for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced the candidate list with 115 student-athletes on it. As one of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Of the 115 candidates for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, 65 are from the Football Bowl Subdivision, and Keeton is one of four Mountain West players on the list joining Boise State’s Kirby Moore, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and New Mexico’s Kasey Carrier. Keeton is also one of just two players from the state of Utah on the list along with BYU’s Kyle Van Noy.
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 named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is given annually to America's College Player of the Year. He is also on the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. He was also selected as an Athlon Sports preseason third-team all-Mountain West selection and a Phil Steele preseason fourth-team all-Mountain West selection, as well as 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-Western Athletic Conference 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, and 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 (3,373), total offense (3,992 yards), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676), while his 407 pass attempts rank seventh all-time at USU for a single season. He 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.
Off the field, Keeton serves as a football Student-Athletes Advisory Committee representative providing a voice for his teammates and fellow student-athletes on pending policy and rules changes and other topics the athletic administration seeks feedback on. He also participates as a member of the Mountain West SAAC, serving as Utah State’s student-athlete representative.
Keeton is also actively involved in community outreach doing service events with local elementary schools to help celebrate the reading achievements of its students, along with being an active participant with numerous events on campus working at youth and women’s clinics, and raising awareness for such things as cancer, sexual assault and sexual abuse of women.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2013 Good Works Team. Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain.
Utah State will open the 2013 season on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Utah and play its first Mountain West game the following weekend at Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 7. USU's first home game of the 2013 campaign will be on Saturday, Sept. 14, against Weber State, while its first home Mountain West game will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, against Boise State.
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.