Garretson to start at Arkansas State in place of Keeton

LOGAN – In Monday morning’s press conference, Head Coach Matt Wells said that senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton will not be ready to play against Arkansas State this Saturday. Keeton was taken out during halftime in the game against against Wake Forest last Saturday after injuring the same knee that kept him off the field for most of last season.

“This week we’re going to start Darell Garretson at quarterback,” Wells said. “Chuckie is fine from a health standpoint. The ACL is all intact. Everything is good. It is banged up, guys. That’s the bottom line.”

Wells said Keeton will be reevaluated the week before the game against BYU on October 3.

“Chuckie can’t go this week,” he said. “We need to rest him.”

Wells said he has confidence in Garretson and so do his teammates. Garretson was put in a similar situation last year when he played his first game against Boise State, the week after Keeton was hurt against BYU.

“Last year we faced adversity,” junior wide receiver Bruce “JoJo” Natson said. “He came in. He stepped into the picture and he helped up us out big time. He won six games.”

Wells also confirmed that senior quarterback Craig Harrison will be Garretson’s backup.

“I feel good about Darell.” Wells said. “Very, very good. He’s in a good spot. Chuckie is in a good spot. This team is in a good spot and we are going to play very, very well this week.”

CORRECTION: It was previously reported in this article that Darell Garretson started his first game against Boise State. Craig Harrison was the starter, but Garretson played later that game.

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