Out of action since he tore his ACL in his knee against the BYU Cougars, Utah State Aggies Football received exciting news on Friday, April 25. Quarterback Chuckie Keeton announced via his Instagram account that he has been cleared by medical doctors to resume playing football again.
Keeton’s injury took place during the Aggies 31-14 loss to the Cougars, a game in which Utah State was forced to insert JUCO transfer quarterback Craig Harrison -- who later in the season gave way to red shirt freshman QB Darell Garretson who led the Aggies to a division title in their first year in the Mountain West Conference and a Poinsettia Bowl victory.
While Garretson more than adequately made up for the injury to Keeton last season, most insiders expect Keeton to easily reclaim the starting job he lost come fall camp -- and shoot for an outright conference title to go with possibly All-American honors and even Heisman Trophy consideration.
But first, Keeton has to get back into the thick of things preparing for the season to come -- which opens at Tennessee and continues with Wake Forest just two weeks later in Logan. Nevertheless, he said on his Instagram account that he is grateful for this second opportunity.
“7 months ago what I thought was a tragedy happened to me. With the grace of God I stand today a new person in several different aspects. I have been CLEARED today for action and can only thank God for his grace and mercy on myself and my family. ‘Behold, I am Jehovah, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?’ Let's roll #aggie nation,” he said.
With Keeton expected initially to be sidelined for at least eight months, coming back so early is obviously a plus for Aggie faithful. But, if you know anything about a torn ACL, the road back to prominence can often be one fraught with peril. So, the Aggies will hope for the best for their star quarterback.