LOGAN, Utah – Utah State redshirt senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been named to the 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday.
Keeton is one of 80 players, including 34 quarterbacks, on the list and joins Colorado State junior wide receiver Rashard Higgins and San Diego State junior running back Donnel Pumphrey as the only three Mountain West players on the list. Keeton is also one of three players from the Beehive State to make the list, joining Utah senior wide receiver Devontae Booker and BYU senior quarterback Taysom Hill.
Keeton, who was also on the Maxwell Award Watch List in 2013 and 2014, is also a 2015 Preseason Phil Steele Third-Team all-Mountain West and Athlon Sports First-Team all-Mountain West selection.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sports writer and an official.
Returning Maxwell Award semifinalists include Florida State transfer QB Everett Golson, TCU QB Trevone Boykin, Pittsburgh RB James Conner, Michigan State QB Connor Cook and returning Maxwell Award finalist Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott. Ohio State leads the pack with four players on the list, including RB Ezekiel Elliott and three accomplished quarterbacks, Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.
Keeton, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), has played in just nine games during his last two seasons, including the first three games of the 2014 campaign before reinjuring his surgically repaired knee that he originally hurt in the sixth game of the 2013 season. A year ago, Keeton was 51-of-92 passing for 426 yards (142.0 ypg) with two touchdowns and four interceptions, while also rushing the ball 20 times for 81 yards (4.1 ypc) and one touchdown.
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), completion percentage (.676) and total offense (3,992 yards), while tying the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 121 yards at Louisiana Tech.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Nov. 2, while the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 23. The winners of the 2015 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 10. The formal presentations of this award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2016.
Over the last three years, Utah State is one of just four Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to win at least 30 games and three bowl games, joining Clemson, Michigan State and Oregon. Furthermore, USU has played in four-straight bowl games, winning each of its last three, both of which are school records.
Utah State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, at home against Southern Utah and will begin Mountain West play on Saturday, Oct. 3, at home against Colorado State.
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