Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton out for year

Sep 27, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) points to his teammates as he elects to run against the San Jose State Spartans during the first quarter at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton suffered an apparent left knee injury with 3:50 left in the first quarter of the Aggies’ home game Friday night against BYU.

Keeton was scrambling on a quarterback keeper, and his left leg bent awkwardly as he leaped to avoid a BYU defender.

It now appears the injury will knock him out for the rest of the season:

Keeton came into Week 5 of college football play having thrown for 1,362 yards, 17 touchdowns and only one interception to go with 224 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

The school released a statement on Keeton’s injury:

“Very unfortunate situation for both Chuckie and our team. We’ve lost a great leader, great teammate and a very productive football player. I have all the confidence in the world in Chuckie, along with our doctors and staff that he will come back stronger than ever next season. As for the remainder of this season, we will regroup as a team and pick up the slack and continue to strive to compete for the Mountain West championship.”

Here’s a GIF of the injury from CBS Sports:

 

Backup quarterback Craig Harrison has entered the game. Harrison came into Friday having thrown just five passes all season. It’s a devastating loss for a team that was already is in a transitional stage after having lost their head coach, Gary Anderson, to Wisconsin this offseason.

 

Topics: Chuckie Keeton, NFL, Utah State

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