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Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) in the Hawaii defensive tackle Zach Masch (9) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

It was announced Monday that Utah State sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was placed on the 2012 College Football Performance Offensive Awards Watch List.

Keeton is one of 33 quarterbacks around the nation to make the list and is the only quarterback recognized from both the Western Athletic Conference and the state of Utah.

A native of Houston, Texas (Cyrpess Creek HS), Keeton started eight of his 11 games played in 2011 while throwing for 1,200 yards on 106-of-174 passing (.609) with 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 293 yards on 68 carries for four touchdowns. Keeton only threw two interceptions in his first year and was the last Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) starting quarterback in the nation to throw an interception, throwing 149 straight passes before getting picked off in the Louisiana Tech game. Keeton finished the year as the second-best player at Utah State in total offense with 1,493 yards for an average of 165.9 yards per game.

Additionally, Keeton earned WAC Offensive Player of the week honors and was named the honorable mention national Quarterback of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com, as well as the WAC Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for his school record tying five touchdown passes in USU's 63-19 win against Wyoming. He was also named the National Freshman of the Week by Rivals.com for his performance in the season opener and near upset at Auburn where USU lost 42-38. Keeton finished the 2011 season ranked fourth in the WAC and 46th in the nation in pass efficiency (137.41).

Keeton joins fellow Aggies Tyler Bennett and Kerwynn Williams who were both named to the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Watch List for special teams. The College Football Performance Awards watch list is a rough guide, highlighting returning players with strong individual performances. All players are eligible for recognition at their respective positions. Players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration for weekly, annual or career awards.

The official 2012 annual & career awards announcement will be on January 9, 2013. For more information on the award and watch lists, fans can visit the official website at http://www.collegefootballperformance.com.

Fan can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.