LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Brandon Swindall and Chuckie Keeton have accepted invitations to participate in the 2016 College Gridiron Showcase, which will be held Jan. 10-13 at Pennington Field in Bedford, Texas.
Keeton, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound redshirt senior quarterback started five of the seven games he played in for the Aggies this season. He finished the year by completing 104-of-199 passes for 1,006 yards and four touchdowns, to go along with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown on 50 carries.
The native of Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek High School), ended his stellar Utah State career ranked first all-time in touchdown passes (62), total offense (8,808 yards), interception percentage (0.022) and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,415).
Keeton also ranks second all-time in school history in completion percentage (.629), passing yards (7,393), completions (672), pass attempts (1,068) and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (16). He is also the only quarterback in school history to throw five touchdown passes in three separate games, accomplishing the feat against Air Force and Weber State during the 2013 campaign, and against Wyoming as a freshman in 2011.
As a sophomore in 2012, Keeton set single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), total offensive yards (3,992), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676). He then broke his own completion percentage record as a junior (.694).
Swindall is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver. The native of Oklahoma City, Okla., played in 11 games for Utah State this season and recorded 14 catches for 173 yards (12.4 ypc) and three touchdowns. In the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Akron, his final game as an Aggie, Swindall caught three passes for 35 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns.
For his career, Swindall appeared in 34 games and caught 51 passes for 514 yards (10.1 ypc) and nine touchdowns.
The College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium is a four-day event for all college football divisions that provides exposure and education for top seniors from around the country. The players are selected by a panel of football experts and receive professional coaching, mentoring, life coaching and seminars that benefit them as they move forward in their professional lives in or out of football.
The practices and scrimmage will showcase the players to scouts and executives from top professional leagues such as the NFL, CFL and AFL. The players attend meetings, practice, perform individual drills, one-on-ones, team drills and in many cases have personal interviews with the scouts and executives from these professional clubs.
This year’s event will also contain a strong professional football education symposium component. The athletes attending the event will have seminars relating to financial education, life as a professional athlete, player expectations (on and off the field), first-hand accounts from former NFL rookies, social media responsibilities, and more.
Last year’s event, which featured former Aggie defensive end B.J. Larsen, took place on Jan. 31, 2015, in Arlington, Texas, and produced 10 NFL draft picks, 53 signed undrafted free agents and 22 rookie camp invitees. Larsen ended up signing a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills.
Utah State (6-7, 5-3 MW) concluded its 2015 season by playing Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Overall, it was the Aggies’ school-record fifth consecutive bowl appearance.
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