Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been a big reason that the Aggies have transformed from one of the worst teams in all of college football to one of the most dangerous teams in all of college football. Keeton suffered a torn ACL and MCL last season and has been cleared to play, and if he can return to his abilities pre-injury then Keeton could really get the national respect he deserves.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks calls Keeton a sleeper candidate on the West Coast and could be mentioned in the same breath as Oregon's Marcus Marriota and UCLA's Brett Hundley; this is assuming that Keeton recovers to his old self.
Those who have followed Utah State and Keeton in his time as a soon-to-be four-year starter for the Aggies, know he is a dual-threat quarterback that is in the mold of Seattle Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson. Prior to his injury in 2013, Keeton was completing 69 percent of his passes and had 18 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
The uptempo offense and quick passes, plus perceived lack of competition playing in the Mountain West, may have scouts shying away. However, Fresno State's Derek Carr and San Jose State's David Fales were both drafted in the NFL Draft in May.
Keeton has shown years of success on the field, and one NFL North scout feels that if Keeton can perform as he did in his junior year in 2014 then he "might be the best in the West."
Hard core college football fans know who Chuckie Keeton is, but 2014 could finally be the year where he becomes a household name.