Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
So are 29 other college football players at this point.
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M highlights the first edition of the 2013 HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List, which was officially released on Thursday.
Keeton and Manziel are two of 19 quarterbacks on the watch list, which also includes Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Nevada’s Cody Fajardo and San Jose State’s David Fales.
“Chuckie has earned every right to be included in preseason campaigns, polls and watch lists for every award a quarterback can be,” USU head coach Matt Wells said. “He’s earned that right based on his play for the last two years. He’s earned it by his win-loss record as a quarterback, he’s earned it by his stats, his leadership — everything he does for our program inside the building and outside the building. He’s earned every right to be included in every category that anybody wants to talk about in the country.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Keeton earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as a sophomore after ranking 17th nationally in total offense (307.1 ypg), 18th in passing efficiency (154.7) and 29th in passing (259.5 ypg).
In 2012, Keeton set single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), completions (275) and completion percentage (.676), while tying the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 121 yards at Louisiana Tech.
The Heisman Trophy, presented annually since 1935, is the most prestigious award in sports. It is named after famed college football coach John W. Heisman. The 2013 winner will be announced in New York on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com will consider other players for the 2013 Heisman Trophy Watch List and will also delete players as the season progresses.
Aggies on TV
USU will have five games televised by CBS Sports Network during the 2013 season, it was announced Friday by the Mountain West Conference.
Overall, 21 games involving Mountain West teams will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network this fall, including 13 conference games and eight non-conference tilts.
The Aggies’ first game to be broadcast by CBS Sports Network will also be their first-ever MW contest when they play at Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m.
USU’s other four games included in this TV package will all be at home in matchups against BYU (Oct. 4, 6 p.m.), Boise State (Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.), Hawaii (Nov. 2, 2 p.m.) and Colorado State (Nov. 23, 1:30 p.m.).
Along with their five contests to be televised on CBS Sports Network, the Aggies’ game at San Jose State on Friday, Sept. 27, will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m.
CBS Sports Network is the Mountain West’s primary rights holder. The network will be joined this season by ESPN as the second national television partner under a new agreement reached last month.
Between the two networks, 44 football games will be televised this year on their various platforms.