Chuckie Keeton named MW preseason offensive player of the year

By Aaron Morton, Deseret News

Published: Tue, July 22, 2014, 9:45 a.m. MDT

 Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton

Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

LAS VEGAS — Expect a huge comeback season for Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton.

At least that was the media members of the Mountain West Conference said with their votes. The 2014 All-Mountain West preseason football team was announced Tuesday as part of the conference's media days. Keeton, a senior returning from season-ending ACL tear last season, was named the offensive player of the year.

The media named Fresno State senior Derron Smith defensive player of the year while New Mexico junior kick returner Carlos Wiggins was picked as the top special teams player.

Keeton, who was on pace for a monster season as a junior (18 touchdowns and two interceptions in six games) when he hurt his knee against BYU in 2013, will try to lead the Aggies to a Mountain Division title in 2014.

According to the MW media members, they'll have to get past favorite Boise State. The 33 members picked the Broncos to finish No. 1 with 20 first-place votes. USU earned 12 first-place votes and is predicted to take second.

In the West Division, Fresno State was picked as a slight favorite over San Diego State, 174-172 (both received 15 first-place votes).

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1. Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT,
July 22, 2014

I'm thrilled to have Chuckie back for his senior year. He is a tremendous player, an inspiring leader and a great individual. On the field Keeton is a game changer. Go Big Blue!!!

2. Poach Gary back
Murray, UT,
July 22, 2014

Of coarse he is. He was recruited by the only competent coach the state has had in a decade. Wells is still getting his feet wet, but my Utes need some help. Congrats to Chuckie. Hopefully Gary is cheap to buy out of Wisconsin.

3. Aggie238
Logan, UT,
July 22, 2014

Can't wait for Chuckie Time! I knew he was special the first time I saw him play.

4. Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA,
July 22, 2014

Chuckie Keaton can flat out play. I wish USU the best of luck this season, except vs. Utah of couse. I'm really looking forward to the Tenn game. Kind of bummed out that it may be aired on a limited market SEC channel though.

5. Aggie238
Logan, UT,
July 22, 2014

@Spokane Ute

We don't play Utah this year (more's the pity). Best luck to the Utes this year, however. I am pulling for a bowl game for y'all.