Keeton out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain, Wells announces

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton kneels on the turf after a play in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Seattle. Washington won 31-17. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

LOGAN – After Saturday’s loss at Washington, Keeton came limping out of the locker room. On Tuesday head coach Matt Wells announced the redshirt senior quarterback will be out the next four-to-six weeks with an MCL sprain. It will be the third season in a row the once Heisman Trophy candidate will miss significant time due to injury.

Wells said that sophomore quarterback Kent Myers will be the starter during next Saturday’s game against Colorado State on October 3rd. Myers took over the starting job last season as a true freshman after season-ending injuries took out quarterback Keeton, Darrel Garretson and Craig Harrison. Myers led the team to a 5-1 record as a starter including a win against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. He completed 79 of 119 passes for 866 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 310 yards and five touchdowns.

Wells said both he and the players have confidence in Myers.

“He’s a tremendous competitor,” he said. “He loves to play and is a great teammate. He’s a selfless individual and I think you saw that with his willingness to move to receiver during spring camp.”

Keeton started all three games this season. During the most recent game against Washington he tied the Utah State record for most touchdown passes. His 8,233 career yards are the second-most of any Aggie.

Keeton was noticeably limping after taking some hits against Utah in week two, but Wells said the MCL sprain happened during the Washington game.

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