One of college football’s most exciting players to watch will return to the playing field in week one after seeing a promising 2013 season end prematurely. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton was sidelined in early October last fall with a season-ending ACL and MCL tear that was suffered against BYU. It was a crime to the football world not to be able to see Keeton play the entire season and now we are left to wonder if having him on the field could have been just the difference needed for Utah State to top Fresno State in the Mountain west Conference championship game last fall.
In week one of the 2014 season Keeton is expected to be back to lead the Aggies on offense on the road in what could turn out to be one of the more enjoyable games of college football’s opening weekend. Utah State heads to Tennessee, a team I feel is on the rise under Butch Jones, and the Aggies will have their chance to get a leg up on the competition vying for the big bowl spot guaranteed for the highest conference champion from the so-called Group of Five (American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference). It is a huge game for Utah State, and having Keeton back could be a deciding factor in Knoxville.
At this point I think it is clear as day just what I think of Keeton as a player. It is this confidence in Keeton that may have rubbed some BYU fans the wrong way on Twitter on Wednesday. It all started innocently enough when my friend from Mountain West Connection, Jeremy Mauss, retweeted a graphic from ESPN’s college football account highlighting five of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. Mauss suggested Keeton should have been included in the mix. I agreed.