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5 things to ponder as Aggies enter fall camp

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 6:49 p.m. MDT

1. Will a healthy Chuckie Keeton live up to Heisman hopeful hype?

A year ago, the Aggies were headed into a much stronger conference with a rookie head coach. In a preseason filled with lots of questions, the one proven commodity was Chuckie Keeton — a junior quarterback so dynamic that Utah State put together a marketing campaign in an effort to gain the attention of Heisman Trophy voters.

A year later, Utah State is a proven force in the Mountain West Conference – the Aggies won the Mountain Division on their way to a 9-5 campaign — and Matt Wells is the reigning MWC Coach of the Year. However, those accomplishments came USU’s way despite the loss of Keeton on Oct. 4 with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. The Aggies rallied around true freshman Darrell Garretson, who went 6-1 as a starter, to turn a potential lost season into one of the best campaigns in USU history.

“My biggest joy was just being to watch all the guys come out and win, bond together and come out with some big wins,” Keeton said. Completely cleared for action this fall by the USU training staff, Keeton seems ready to take up where he left off in 2013 and was even named the MWC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

But while Aggie fans are likely to cringe every time the senior sees contact or walks down a flight of stairs, there is also comfort in knowing that Garretson – and the entire program, for that matter – still knows how to win without the aid of their superstar. That said, the hope is that Keeton will be healthy and comfortable on the field come Aug. 31 at Tennessee.

Under his guidance, the Aggies have come painfully close to pulling off epic road victories at Auburn, Wisconsin and USC.

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Stang08
Southern, UT

The answer to number 1 is no because he won't stay healthy(not a wish but a fact) and the answer to number 2 is nobody.

tinplater
scottsdale, AZ

Stangzero, what was the question #2, "Who is Stang0?"

lehiaggie
Lehi, UT

The biggest question for me is the secondary. It will be interesting to see who shows up there.

Stang08
Southern, UT

No tinplater the second question was "How will the secondary stack up?"

tinplater
scottsdale, AZ

@ Stang0...and your answer to no 2 was "nobody"??? Read the question and your answer together. SUU and MC shining through.

Stang08
Southern, UT

Okay my mistake. The answer is they won't. If I'm nobody, then why are you talking to me? Give me a break. Your preaching to certain individuals that you would never belittle any school or anyone in it is laughable after that last sentence. What's wrong with SUU and MC? Give me an example that has nothing to do with three things. The fact that MC is 4A and not 5A, the fact that SUU is an FCS school for football, and the fact that I was a student of both. Give me something without those things and I'll consider it.

Stang08
Southern, UT

@tinplater

Can't do it I see. All that preaching down the drain.

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