LOGAN, Utah – Utah State redshirt senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been named to the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy Award Watch List, it was announced Wednesday morning by the organization.
Keeton is one of 80 players, including 13 quarterbacks, on the list and joins Boise State senior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, Colorado State senior defensive back Trent Matthews and Nevada senior running back Don Jackson as the four Mountain West players on the list. The native of Houston, Texas, is also one of two players from the Beehive State to make the list, along with BYU senior quarterback Taysom Hill.
Keeton is also on the Maxwell Award Watch List and is a 2015 Preseason Phil Steele third-team all-Mountain West and Athlon Sports first-team all-Mountain West selection.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as college football’s premier award for community service, is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
A national selection committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients performs the voting for the Wuerffel Trophy.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Keeton (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.
Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective universities’ sports information departments and will close on Oct. 15. A current list of nominees can be found at www.wuerffeltrophy.org. Semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 3 and finalists will be announced on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 8 at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City.
The presentation of the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 47th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 12, 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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