Chuckie Keeton will be Back (officially)

Chuckie Keeton will officially be back next year. The NCAA granted a fifth year of Eligibility.

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton has been granted a medical hardship by the Mountain West and NCAA it was announced Friday. Keeton, who has never redshirted during his time at USU, will now have a fifth year of eligibility.

Keeton, a 6-2, 200-pound quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) missed the final 11 games of the 2014 season after reinjuring his surgically repaired left knee in Utah State’s 36-24 home win against Wake Forest on Sept. 13, 2014.

Keeton’s injury stemmed from the 2013 season when he tore both his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee against BYU on Oct. 4, 2013.

Overall, Keeton played just two-and-a-half games last season and was 51-of-92 passing for 426 yards (142.0 ypg) with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also had rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries (4.1 ypc) with one touchdown.

For his Utah State career, Keeton ranks first all-time in completion percentage (.654), second in touchdown passes (58), second in completions (568), third in total offense (7,621 yards), third in passing yards (6,387), fourth in passing attempts (869), and 20th in rushing yards (1,234).

Utah State football opens spring camp on Monday, March 16 and concludes spring drills with the Blue-White Spring Game, sponsored by Orbit Irrigation Products, on Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m. (MT).

Utah State (10-4, 6-2 MW) concluded its 2014 season with a 21-6 win against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Overall, it was USU's third-straight bowl win in its fourth-straight bowl game, both of which are school records. USU's 10 wins are also the second-most in school history behind the 2012 team that finished 11-2.

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