Utah State senior Chuckie Keeton is one of 40 Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks named to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterback of the Year Trophy Watch List that was announced Tuesday.
Overall, it is the second time in as many years that Keeton has been named to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterback of the Year Trophy Watch List.
Keeton is one of three Mountain West players named to the College Football Performance Awards Quarterback of the Year Trophy Watch List, along with Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson and Nevada’s Cody Fajardo, and one of two quarterbacks from Utah recognized along with BYU’s Taysom Hill.
Entering his senior season, Keeton is one of 25 college football players named to the first edition of the 2014 Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List, one of 17 players named to the 2014 Bleacher Report's Initial Heisman Trophy Watch List, one of 77 players named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and a first-team preseason all-Mountain West selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.
Keeton, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), was one of 30 players named to the first edition of the 2013 Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List as a junior a year ago, but he played in just six games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter against BYU on Oct. 4. Prior to his injury, Keeton had completed 136-of-196 passes for 1,388 yards (231.3 ypg) with 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while rushing for another 241 yards on 55 carries (402. ypg/4.4 ypc) with two more scores. That completion percentage of 69.4 percent broke his own single-season school record set in 2012, while his 18 touchdown passes rank tied for ninth all-time in school history.
Through his first five games of the 2013 season, Keeton ranked second in the nation with 17 touchdown passes, while also ranking first in the Mountain West and second in the nation in points responsible for (22.8 pg), second in the MW and 22nd in the nation in passing efficiency (161.6), third in the MW and eighth in the nation in completions (26.4), third in the MW and 11th in the nation in completion percentage (.710), third in the MW and 18th in the nation in total offense (317.2 ypg), and fourth in the MW and 25th in the nation in passing (272.4 ypg). Keeton also tied the school record with five touchdown passes in a game twice during his junior year, doing so in a 52-20 win at Air Force and again in a 70-6 home win against Weber State.
As a sophomore in 2012, Keeton earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors 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), completion percentage (.676) and total offense (3,992 yards), while tying the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 121 yards at Louisiana Tech.
The full list of 2014 College Football Performance Award winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015.
Utah State opens the 2014 season on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Tennessee and plays its first home game against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.