USU football: Aggie QB Chuckie Keeton will be chucking the pigskin to these receivers this year

Published: Sunday, Aug. 25 2013 6:05 p.m. MDT

Was the receiving corps the weakest unit to last year’s Utah State football team?

It’s a tough question when the team clicked on all cylinders most of the time en route to the best season in school history. But one must wonder how much of the Aggies’ single-season school records for total points, total offense, completions and total yards came because of the arm of Chuckie Keeton rather than the hands of a group whose running back (Kerwynn Williams) was the second-leading receiver. Graduated athlete Matt Austin led with just 48 receptions in his sixth season. Chuck Jacobs may crack an NFL roster for Week 1 but averaged just more than three catches per game.

Austin was apparently an emotional leader, but he and Jacobs’ on-field production? Replaceable.

Those with the task is a mish-mash of seniors Travis Reynolds and Travis Van Leeuwen and sophomores Bruce “Jojo” Natson (fans should be excited about him) and Brandon Swindall.

The toughest player to replace may actually be tight end Kellen Bartlett, who earned honorable mention all-WAC honors last season. Senior D.J. Tialavea and junior Keegan Andersen will be responsible.

Receivers coach Javon Bouknight, a former star at the University of Wyoming, returns despite former coach Gary Andersen’s departure to the University of Wisconsin. Bouknight is entering his fourth season at the position.

Read about those seeking to be on the other end of Keeton’s throws this season:

Rhett Wilkinson is a project manager for UtahPolicy.com and hails the true-blooded Aggies from Utah. The co-founder of magazine Aggie BluePrint.com, he's been an intern for the Deseret News and other publications. rhett.wilkinson@usu.edu | @wilklogan

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Logan, UT

Tialavea will be a significant contributor.

Jojo is gonna knock people's socks off in the open field.

We better find a go-to guy to replace Austin. We'll get yards without him, but I can't tell you how many times Chuckie/Austin did the fade route in the endzone for a TD.

It's gonna be good!!! GO AGGIES!

Logan, Utah

Van Leeuwen needs to step up this year, he dropped a lot of passes in the spring game.

West Jordan, Utah

Chucking the ball on Utah's questionable corners and safeties. Look out.

Logan, UT

Van Leeuwen will be fine. He looked great in fall camp. TVL will be a great contributor.

We're gonna be just fine for regular yards and regular play. It's the go-to guy when the offense KNOWS you're throwing it to him that we need someone to step up and take that spot.

Wellsville, UT

Best wishes for a great season. Lets show everyone last year was no fluke.

Go Aggies!!!
Go Cougars!!!

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