4 Utah college football players named to Maxwell Award Watch List

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  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 16, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    Again it's laughable that USU's QB situation would be ranked that high considering Keeton is always injured early. I never said it was higher. Name a time I said SUU was higher. USC/Aub/Texas A&M/Wisc/Utah/BYU if they play Keeton and soon to be Tennessee all laugh at Keeton. I feel nothing.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    July 15, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    Stang0, digest the Deseret News article indicating USU rated 7th nationally at QB, Utah 60, BYU 23 and get back to me how SUU should be rated above USU. Imagine the folks who know rated USU this high, not you rating them low for no reason whatsoever except the players come from USU. Only you are laughing at Keeton, absolutely no one else in the entire football world is. You should feel a bit mal informed.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 15, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    @Go Big Blue

    Care to elaborate on what's "Way to funny"? What I've said is fact. Double all those Keeton numbers if he stayed healthy for more than 3-4 games tinplater. He was a backup for Sorensen and Hill so naturally Olsen's numbers wouldn't look good to you. Keeton has only established himself as a fragile player who get's injured early. I wouldn't consider people who live in Logan a national following. Not saying Olsen has one but to say that for Keeton is just laughable. Watch, now that Olsen is the guaranteed starter for SUU those stats will be impressive. And surpass your "great" QB Keeton. Let the jealousy shine thru tinplater.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    July 14, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    Stang0 just think about this for a moment for Keeton:
    Career total yards 5961
    Career td's 56
    career int 13

    And that was done in only three partial seasons!

    Now let's see Olsen's stats?
    SUU 115 yrds and 2 tds 44 yards rushing
    BYU 1 of 3 for 4 yards

    You gotta to be kidding me! One QB is an established player with a national following,
    The other is barely more than a high school graduate.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    July 14, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    Way too funny.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 14, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Yes he is tinplater. Remember his career at Alta High? He was a top recruit out of High School and he decided to come to SUU. Anybody who isn't a fan of USU tinplater. I've had enough of that personal stuff leaking out here or elsewhere. If you want to say stuff like that please say it to my face. Keep it classy buddy. Olsen is a top QB and you're just sad he didn't go to Logan High or USU. Maybe then you'd have a starting QB who can stay on the field for an entire year. Olsen is the real deal. Keeton is a wannabe.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    July 14, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    Oh yeah...Olsen, a guy on everyone's top qb list. And endorsed by his coach! If everyone in the US that knows anything about football were choosing up sides and taking a QB, how many would choose Olsen over Keeton? One...a thespian in Cedar City.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 14, 2014 12:47 a.m.

    Go Big Blue

    How much of a chance does Keeton have to play on Sunday's if he's always injured during his college days? Give it a few year for Brad. No one becomes an NFL Superstar overnight. Make all the arguments you want, no aggie is an NFL Superstar. So you are wrong again. Just give it time and Brad will show his skills on the big stage. Just has to find the right team who is in need of a great QB. Keeton hasn't done anything to impress pro scouts other than sit on the bench with an injury.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    July 13, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    Unlike Brad Sorensen, Keeton actually has a chance to play on Sunday in the future.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 13, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    His name is Ammon Olsen. Maybe you've heard of him. I can't think of an exact quote but if an endorsement from SUU's head coach Ed Lamb won't convince you nothing will. He's never been injured(Keeton is always hurt) and he backed up the best QB in SUU history and no doubt the real best QB in the state Brad Sorensen. He went on his mission and for some reason transferred to BYU and was the backup for Hill last season. I don't agree with his decision to transfer to BYU but unless your name is Jake Heaps you are at BYU only if you are one of the best. Argument over tinplater.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    July 11, 2014 9:39 p.m.

    Stang0, you got me...who is this returning quarterback to SUU that is better than Keeton? Can you offer one opinion from anyone other than yourself to support that assertion? If he's better than Keeton, then what watch lists is he on? You dumbfound me.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 11, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    His performance in 3 games max? BYU and Utah are desperate for a QB. We have a returning QB who is virtually guaranteed the starting spot. And is certainly better than Keeton. He has no skills tinplater. Stop those "You of all people" comments. They are unnecessary. Let's be honest Two For Flinching, you honestly have no clue what you are talking about. One of our players who is from Cache Valley was a top student, had a top ACT score and was a top player and still chose to come to SUU.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    @ Stang08

    Honestly, no it's not. It's where you go if you had poor grades/ACT scores and couldn't get into anywhere better.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    July 11, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Wrong Stang0, being nominated means your performance in previous seasons was at the highest level and has attracted national attention. Chuckie is not going to be "laughed off" any list. He is a great talent, and if he plays uninjured will almost certainly have a stellar year. One thing for certain, we will find out as the season unfolds. Utah, BYU, SUU would all jump at the opportunity to have an athlete like Chuckie on their squad. Stang0 you are just about the only commentator in the country who doesn't recognize the skills of Chuckie. All you can focus on is his history of injuries. You of all people should recognize and acknowledge the courage it takes to overcome physical issues.

  • Go Utes! Go Yale! Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    Dres is the most draft-able athlete. His dad was an NFL great, and he will soon fill those same shoes. Those thinking the Utes will have problems with QBs and offensive coaching this season, think again. Also, don't overlook the fact that a healthy K Scott will add a huge dimension to the receiving corps!

    Chuckie is a phenomenal athlete, but his health and durability will be tested and questioned should he go down again this season, as well as being questioned about playing against inferior opponents (same problem coug nation will be facing for years...!)

    Jamal? Great running back. Taysom? Strong running QB. But as he and Taysom will realize...it's hard to pick up the award when your body of work consists solely of beating up on Idaho State-caliber opponents. Speaking of which, the only Ute cupcake game is against ISU in the season opening warm up game, less than 50 days away! Go Utes!

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 10, 2014 12:09 p.m.


    Being named on the preseason list means nothing. Watch, when the real season begins Keeton is going to be laughed off all the list before anyone can say "WOW what a great Quarterback".

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    July 9, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    Stang0 why can't you just accept that being nominated for the Maxwell is an honor and leave it at that?

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 9, 2014 4:46 p.m.

    Two For Flinching

    SUU is a well respected four year college. You have no proof. You should just accept that.


    Don't be so biased. And the preseason lists mean nothing, as I said before.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    @ sammyg

    Of course BYU won again. The Cougars win the pre-season national championship every single year....

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 8, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    BYU wins again. 2x

    Obviously going to bowl games makes a difference.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    July 8, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    Agree Stang0, no one from this state is going to win the Maxwell Award, but what you fail to comprehend is that being considered is a huge honor, particularly in view of the thousands of college athletes playing football. It is a very prestigious nomination, particularly if your name is Chuckie Keeton because he is the athlete that goes to USU

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    July 8, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Only 1 from Pac-12 Proud? That doesn't bode well for a make or break season.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 12:50 a.m.

    @ Stang08

    SUU is a big high school. Utah St. is flat out better any way you slice it. You should accept that.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 7, 2014 9:42 p.m.

    Yet another big award that nobody from the state will win. Especially if your name is Chuckie Keeton. And the preseason lists mean absolutely nothing. What it comes down to is the finalists. No one from Utah will make it even close to that. Especially if your name is Chuckie Keeton.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    July 7, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    Realistic Ute,

    What Utah State team have you watched the last couple of years? Keeton is anything but a marginal athlete. As a Ute fan I used to get frustrated because we didn't get any respect in the MWC. Now that the shoes is on the other foot with USU, I gotta give credit where credit is due. Keeton, is one of the top QB prospects in the nation this year. He was a monster in the USC game last year and was the main reason USU was even in the game. No disrespect to Hill, but he's not even in the conversations. That all can change during the year. Especially if BYU find's their offensive rhythm. But given their bodies of work so far, and the effectiveness of the coaching staff, Keeton has to be the pre-sason Utah MVP.

  • Realistic Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    Alas...another year of dismal offense is in store for Utah. Dres is a fantastic player but limited in what he can do by himself. The other players on the list are also fantastic players but are in much better situations, better offenses, more impactful positions, etc.

    I think among this group Taysom Hill is the legit frontrunner and he has way more upside than the rest. Keeton is a nice QB and a more polished passer but he's just a marginal athlete, not super fast and not a great arm, just okay in both areas. He'll put up nice stats playing in the MWC and if he can stay healthy should be a contender. I agree with the one poster who said Williams will have a hard time winning the award when he's competing with his own QB for top offensive dog on the same team. He's a terrific talent though and if that wasn't the case he'd make a good showing.

    Good luck to all four players.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 7, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    "Congrats to all 4 players. In my opinion, Hill has the best shot out of the 4 to win the award, but I also think he is the least likely to make an NFL roster."


    Even if Taysom doesn't master the art of passing he'll still make an NFL roster because of his elite athleticism. Right now the NFL over-values elite athleticism (imo) and will always take a flier on a player due to their upside more so than what they are capable of at the time of drafting. Look at Jake Locker. He was marginal as a college QB but had tremendous athleticism and would've been better served to move to LB but despite mediocre passing stats at U-dub he still was a 1st round draft pick in a QB poor draft. The Titans are still trying to work with him and likely this year is his make or break year as a QB in the NFL.

    Taysom will make a roster even if he's just an okay passer when he's done at BYU, he'll have enough gawdy stats and ESPN highlights to ensure that.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 7, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    @Chris B
    "Dres and Keeton are great players and I'll be cheering for them all season!"

    Unfortunately for Dres, he's handcuffed by the annual ineptitude of Utah's coaching staff when it comes to managing the offensive side of the football. His misfortune is coming to the utes before they got a big time football coach who can win at this level. Kyle was an adequate coach in the MWC but has been exposed both for his inability to manage the complete team (both offense and defense) and his inability to make good hiring decisions (how many OC's has he hired now? 9 in the last 6 years or something like that?).

    As for Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams, not only will you be envious all season seeing their names on this list all the way to the finals, but you're going to see one or both of them on the Heisman list for most of the season as well (most likely Taysom). Don't be too green Chris when Taysom is a finalist for a number of national awards (Maxwell, Heisman, O'Brien, Baugh, etc take your pick).

    Go Cougars!!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    July 7, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    Naval Lint,
    Twice as many drafted, but still finished at the bottom of the conference....and will do so again this year.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 7, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    Dres is an incredible talent. He needs a QB. Any BYU fan would leap for joy to have him play for us. They would be lying to themselves otherwise. This is the same for Hill and Williams. If either transfered to the utes they would welcome them with open arms. Chuckie is more talented than any of them. hopefully the knee doesnt have a lasting effect on his play. All three schools should be proud to have any of these players playing for them.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    July 7, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    Here is my order of who is most likely to win the award:

    1- Chuckie
    2- Taysom
    3- Dres
    4- Jamaal

    The only reason I have Jamaal at the bottom is because it will be tough for him to make a case as the best player on his own team, let alone the nation. Mike Evans from Texas A&M or Carlos Hyde from Ohio State are great examples of this. Because of Johnny and Braxton, they had no argument for the Maxwell or Heisman because they weren't the most deserving on their team.

    I think Dres will have a tough time though, because he is their only legitimate weapon so he will draw a ton of attention. Plus the QB position is shaky at best.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 7, 2014 2:49 p.m.


    Utah had twice as many players drafted as did our indy-irrelevant little brother down south. And so did Utah St. The preseason is when none of your players had to prove anything on the field. The NFL draft is AFTER each team's players had proved their worth.

    Have fun playing small ball.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    July 7, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    I love watching Keeton play. His touchdown to interceptions ratio was phenomenal last year. Glad he is healthy again.
    Hill and Williams are both juniors! They should give fans of football in Utah quite a show over the next two years.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    July 7, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Waiting to see how the kids on the hill spin this: The number of BYU candidates equals all other Utah schools combined.

  • Jason R Sandy, UT
    July 7, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Seems fitting Utah has half as many candidates as BYU. Go Cougs!

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    July 7, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    A receiver that doesn't have a quarterback isn't going to win any awards. Watch all you want, but Dres isn't going to win any awards. The three that have a better shot at winning the award play for the two Utah schools that went to a bowl game last year.

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    July 7, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    I am surprised that only one Utah team player was on the BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST. Most of all the Utes, USU, BYU wins came from having a good defense. The offense on all three last year was disappointing.

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    July 7, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    All four of these guys are deserving. I hope they all have great seasons. It will make football in the state even more compelling to watch. Good Luck.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    July 7, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    If Chuckie stays healthy he should make it. Same with Hill.

    ekute,I admire your intellectual honesty and objectivity.

    BTW: that last sentence was about as accurate and honest as yours.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 7, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Assuming that they all stay healthy and each has an outstanding season, Keeton and Anderson will far outpace the 2 guys from byu in the running. Go Utes.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 7, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    I think Keeton is the most deserving out of those four. We'll have to see what role health plays this year.

    Here's to a big season for Dres!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 7, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    All four of these guys are fun to watch and can make game changing plays at any moment. Wishing all four a healthy 2014 campaign with lots of success.

  • factcheck Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    Congrats to all 4 players. In my opinion, Hill has the best shot out of the 4 to win the award, but I also think he is the least likely to make an NFL roster.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Dres and Keeton are great players and I'll be cheering for them all season!

    Go UTES!