Christopher Smith

Utah State QB Keeton Out For Spring

Created on Feb. 27, 2014 5:05 PM EST

After tearing his ACL and MCL in October, Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton will miss spring practice, the school confirmed Wednesday.

The move isn't a surprise, as Keeton originally was projected to be out until at least June, according to news reports.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound upcoming senior completed nearly 70 percent of his passes last season in a Mountain West Conference stacked with quarterbacks, settling into the second tier behind Derek Carr and David Fales. Keeton also threw for 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions before suffering the injury Oct. 4 in a loss to BYU.

Utah State (9-5) went on to play in the inaugural MWC championship, losing to Fresno State, before knocking off MAC power Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Freshman Darrell Garretson played in Keeton's absence, but the offense didn't exhibit the same gear without the veteran.

Utah State will need Keeton healthy this fall, as Colorado State is a riser in the Mountain Division under Jim McElwain and Boise State looks to bounce back from a rare down season under first-year coach Bryan Harsin.

Starting running back Joe Hill, who also missed a chunk of last season with a knee injury, also will not participate in spring practice for Utah State.

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