The Utah State Aggies received great news on Friday evening when the Mountain West and NCAA approved a medical redshirt for quarterback Chuckie Keeton. 2015 will be his final year of eligibility.
Welp it's official. 1 more year. Definitely have to make the most of it #AggieNation— Chuckie Keeton (@ustate16) February 7, 2015
Keeton has suffered knee injuries in each of the last two seasons. He suffered a torn ACL in October of 2013 against BYU, and then in Utah State's third game of the year against Wake Forest he aggravated his surgically repaired knee and missed the rest of the season.
Even without Keeton, the Aggies had another very good season winning 10 games and their bowl game. In fact, Utah State has three quarterbacks on their current roster who have started and won a bowl game; the other two are Darell Garretson and Kent Myers.
Before Utah State fans, and many college football fans around go crazy, expectations should be tempered of what to expect from Keeton.
There is the old saying about how one should not lose their starting job due to injury, but Keeton has had some serious knee injuries the past two years so it may not be cut and dry for No. 16 to step right back into his old starting roll.
Any Heisman Trophy buzz should be tossed our the window and even mentioning Keeton as a preseason all-Mountain West signal caller should not be in the cards. The bar should be set low and probably start with him earning back the starting quarterback and also getting to the midway point of the season.
For those with a fuzzy memory, Keeton was not all that great in Utah State's season-opening loss to Tennessee last year. Not everything was his fault but he did not look like the same player prior to blowing out his knee the year prior.
Temper expectations for Keeton and just enjoy the ride, because this is the last year we will see one of the more exciting college football players.