LOGAN, Utah — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named to the 2013 Manning Award Watch List, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, as announced Friday.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.
This year’s list of quarterbacks was selected in conjunction with the release of ESPN’s new Total Quarterback Rating — the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to the QBR make up the Watch List. The winner will still be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
Total QBR measures a quarterback’s contributions to scoring on each play (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles and penalties) accounting for game context (down, distance, yard line, time remaining and score) and adjusted for opponent strength. It is based on a 0-100 scale and 50 is average.
This year’s Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The Mountain West leads the way with six honorees, while the Southeastern Conference has five quarterbacks on the list and the Pac-12 adds four.
Other Mountain West quarterbacks on the Manning Award Watch List include Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Nevada’s Cody Fajardo, San Jose State’s David Fales, Wyoming’s Brett Smith and Boise State’s Joe Southwick.
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, as well as being named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is given annually to America's College Player of the Year and to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. He was also named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List and was one of 30 FBS quarterbacks named to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterbacks Watch List. Keeton was selected as an Athlon Sports preseason third-team all-Mountain West selection and a Phil Steele preseason fourth-team all-Mountain West selection. In addition, Keeton is one of 115 candidates for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
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), 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.
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 Saturday, Sept. 14, against Weber State, while its first home Mountain West game will be Saturday, Oct. 12, against Boise State.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.