USU Football: Chuckie Keeton pegged as Heisman winner by national pundit
Ravell Call, Deseret News
In his preseason prediction Grantland.com national college football writer Michael Weinreb pegged Utah State star quarterback Chuckie Keeton as this season’s Heisman Trophy winner.
Entering last season Keeton was considered by many national pundits a dark horse Heisman hopeful, but the star junior's season was cut short when he injured both his ACL and MCL in a game against BYU. Keeton will be back under center when Utah State opens its season at Tennessee on Sunday, which could serve as a launching pad for Keeton to thrust himself back into the national spotlight.
When Keeton went down, Utah State head coach Matt Wells was forced to adapt. He succeeded. The Aggies won six straight games to end the season, earning a trip to the Mountain West Conference Championship game. It wasn’t just the fans in Logan that noticed Wells exploits. USA Today’s Dan Wolken listed ten coaches that are on the brink of landing higher profile jobs and he lists Wells as fifth.
“ After Keeton tore his ACL in Week 6, an injury that could have ruined Utah State's season,” Wolken wrote. “Instead, the Aggies finished 6-2 without Keeton and nearly won the conference, coming up a touchdown short against Fresno State in the title game.”
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