Chuckie Keeton Injury: Update on Utah State QB's Knee, Likely Return Date
Utah State suffered a potentially crippling blow on Friday night, as third-year starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton went down with a knee injury against BYU.
The updates, courtesy of CBS Sports' college football Twitter feed and the Desert News' Dick Harmon, don't sound good:
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton down on the turf and being looked at. Clutched his left knee after the play.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) October 5, 2013
Keeton appears injured. BYU player quickly called for trainers immediately when he hit the ground.— Dick Harmon (@Harmonwrites) October 5, 2013
Chuckie Keeton is going to get an MRI, which means he's not coming back into this game.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) October 5, 2013
He is reportedly out for the season.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
From 1280 The Zone's Scott Garrard:
MRI pending, but USU officials fear torn ACL and MCL for Chuckie Keeton.— Scott Garrard (@ScottyG1280) October 5, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
CBS' Eye on College Football shows how Keeton injured his knee:
That's the last thing Aggies fans wanted to hear.
Keeton, who started eight games as a freshman, was one of the best quarterbacks in the Mountain West Conference in 2012 as a sophomore, as he completed 67.6 percent of his throws for 3,373 yards, 27 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also ran for another 619 yards and eight scores.
In 2013, he has gotten off to a blazing start, completing 71.0 percent of his passes for 1,362 yards and an absurd 17-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Before leaving in the second quarter against BYU, he had 26 passing yards with a score and an interception, as the Aggies trailed, 10-7.
Junior Craig Harrison, who has attempted 14 career passes, stepped in under center.
It's hard to tell with such a small sample size from Harrison, but there's no doubt that Keeton's injury will make the Aggies' quest for a MWC title very difficult. He's the straw that stirs the drink on offense, and he's one of the conference's most dynamic players overall.
If the prognosis is as bad as it sounds like it could be, it could be a long year for Matt Wells' squad.
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