Chuckie Keeton from Houston, Texas is the best quarterback you’ve never heard of. Keeton is a 20-year-old junior who plays for the Utah State Aggies. Chuckie’s dual threat ability makes him one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the nation.
The third year starter played his high school career at Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Texas. Keeton was only a 2 star prospect coming into college. Chuckie had originally verbally committed to Air Force, but after a visit to Utah State Keeton changed his mind and decided to attend Utah State. Chuckie’s senior season he had 3,281 total yards and 29 touchdowns.
His freshman year Chuckie Keeton started 8 games and played in 9 as a true freshman. His numbers were not eye popping but he completed 60.9 percent and only threw 2 interceptions. His 1200 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air were enough for him to keep the starting job into his sophomore season as he led the team to a 7-5 record. A devastating 24-23 loss to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl cut the Aggies season short.
Chuckie’s sophomore season is where things get interesting. Keetons coaches decided it was time for Chuckie to let the football fly. The 6’2, 200-pound quarterback threw 260 more passes than he did his freshman year bringing his total to 407. Of those 407, he completed 275 of them for a 67.6 completion percentage. I watched some film and you can see a huge improvement in his game. The arm strength and accuracy greatly improved, so did his overall pocket presence. It definitely showed as he threw 27 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. Keetons rushing stats improved also, he rushed for 619 yards and 8 touchdowns after only rushing for 293 yards and 4 touchdowns as a freshman. The Aggies improved to an 11-2 record and got a staggering 41-15 victory against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
This is Chuckie Keeton’s junior season and while the nation is more aware if his presence he is still highly underrated. Like his sophomore season, Keetons Junior year has started with a bang. The Utah State Aggies moved from the WAC conference into a better Mountain West Conference. Chuckie has not missed a step at all in the move to a better conference. He is 2nd in the nation in passing touchdowns with 17; he’s in front of names like Teddy Bridgewater and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Chuckie is also responsible for scoring the 2nd most points in the nation, once again ahead of big name quarterbacks who get more national exposure than he does. His passing yards are good enough to be ranked 9th in the nation with 1,362 yards. The Aggies have suffered two losses this year but the rest of their schedule sets up nicely for them. After two tough games against Boise State and rival BYU, they play a slew of mediocre teams. I can see Utah State going 9-3 this regular season, 11-3 including the postseason.
As of now, the conference is close but I predict that Chuckie Keeton and the Utah State Aggies will be in the championship game against another great quarterback in Derek Carr and the Fresno State Bulldogs. If Keeton can pull that off it will be historic for the school, as well as huge for his career. He has already done wonders for the program and is probably the best quarterback to ever put on a Utah State Aggie uniform. His Heisman campaign has taken a hit with the two losses but if you ask me, Chuckie Keeton is a top 10 quarterback in the nation and he deserves more recognition than he has been getting.
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