Chuckie Keeton among 25 players named to 2014 Heisman Trophy Watch List

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton passes the ball during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton is among 25 college football players named to the first edition of the 2014 Heismanpundit/ Heisman Trophy Watch List that was released Tuesday.

Keeton was also one of 17 players named to the Bleacher Report’s Initial 2014 Heisman Trophy Watch List that was released in January.

The Heisman Trophy, presented annually since 1935, is the most prestigious award in sports. It is named after famed college football coach John W. Heisman.

Keeton, who is one of 15 quarterbacks on the watch list, is the only player from the Mountain West to make the list. Entering his senior campaign, Keeton ranks fifth among active quarterbacks at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level in career completion percentage (.665), sixth in passing efficiency (151.4), and seventh in touchdowns responsible for (70).

Keeton, a 6-2, 200 pound quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) was one of 30 players named to the first edition of the 2013 Heismanpundit/ Heisman Trophy Watch List as a junior a year ago, but played in just six games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter against BYU on Oct. 4. Prior to his injury, Keeton had completed 136-of-196 passes for 1,388 yards (231.3 ypg) with 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while rushing for another 241 yards on 55 carries (402. ypg/4.4 ypc) with two more scores. Overall, that completion percentage of 69.4 percent broke his own single-season school record set in 2012, while his 18 touchdown passes rank tied for ninth all-time in school history.

Through his first five games of the 2013 season, Keeton ranked second in the nation with 17 touchdown passes, while also ranking first in the Mountain West and second in the nation in points responsible for (22.8 pg), second in the MW and 22nd in the nation in passing efficiency (161.6), third in the MW and eighth in the nation in completions (26.4), third in the MW and 11th in the nation in completion percentage (.710), third in the MW and 18th in the nation in total offense (317.2 ypg), and fourth in the MW and 25th in the nation in passing (272.4 ypg). Keeton also tied his own school record with five touchdown passes in a game twice during his junior year, doing so in a 52-20 win at Air Force and again in a 70-6 home win against Weber State.

As a sophomore in 2012, Keeton earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors after ranking 17th nationally in total offense (307.1 ypg), 18th in passing efficiency (154.7) and 29th in passing (259.5 ypg).

During the 2012 season, Keeton set single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676), while tying the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 121 yards at Louisiana Tech.

Along with earning first-team all-league honors as a sophomore, Keeton was also named the WAC’s Offensive Player of the Week four times during the course of the season as he had at least two touchdown passes in 10 games and rushed for a touchdown in eight games, while throwing for at least 300 yards three times in the last five games of the season and five times overall.

In all, Keeton concluded his sophomore season completing 275-of-407 passes for 3,373 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran the ball 129 times for 619 yards (47.6 ypg) with eight touchdowns.

For his career, Keeton is 517-of-777 passing for 5,961 yards with 56 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions with a completion percentage of 66.5 percent. He has also rushed for 1,153 yards on 252 carries (4.6 ypc) with 14 touchdowns. Overall, Keeton ranks first all-time in school history in completion percentage, second in touchdown passes and completions, third in total offense (7,114 yards), sixth in passing yards, seventh in passing attempts and 24th in rushing.

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The 2014 Heismanpundit/ Heisman Trophy Watch List (post-spring edition)

(in alphabetical order)

Ameer Abdullah, Sr., RB, Nebraska

Javorius Allen, Jr., RB, USC

Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall

Alex Collins, So., RB, Arkansas

Mike Davis, Jr., RB, South Carolina

Everett Golson, Jr., QB, Notre Dame

Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin

Todd Gurley, Jr., RB, Georgia

Christian Hackenberg, So., QB, Penn State

Derrick Henry, So., RB, Alabama

Taysom Hill, Jr., QB, BYU

Brett Hundley, Jr., QB, UCLA

Chuckie Keeton, Sr., QB, Utah State

Trevor Knight, So., QB, Oklahoma

Sean Mannion, Sr., QB, Oregon State

Marcus Mariota, Jr., QB, Oregon

Nick Marshall, Sr., QB, Auburn

Braxton Miller, Sr., QB, Ohio State

Bryce Petty, Sr., QB, Baylor

Thomas Tyner, So., RB, Oregon

J.W. Walsh, Jr., QB, Oklahoma State

Jake Waters, Sr., QB, Kansas State

Jonathan Williams, Jr., RB, Arkansas

Jameis Winston, So., QB, Florida State

TJ Yeldon, Jr., RB, Alabama


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