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Utah State redshirt senior LB Zachary Vigil and his brother sophomore RB/LB Nick Vigil combined for 16 tackles in a 21-6 win over UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

Utah State held the Miners' to 99 rushing yards and 3.2 per-carry average. Zachary is the NFL prospect to keep an eye on. A former walk-on, Zach Vigil is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior who came into the game with 145 tackles. He is the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports and a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports. Vigil will participate in the East-West Shrine Game.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 20 - 6:24 PM

Utah redshirt senior LB Zachary Vigil accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

A former walk-on, Vigil is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior who earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors and ranked fifth in the conference and 84th in the nation with 105 tackles (8.1 pg) last year. Vigil was recently named one of 10 semifinalists for The Burlsworth Trophy, given annual to the nation’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.
Nov 27 - 4:45 PM

Utah State sophomore QB Darell Garretson will undergo wrist surgery and miss multiple weeks.

The Aggies haven't yet announced Garretson's timeline, but we know he's been told to stay off the field for at least a few weeks. It's awful news for Utah State, which was forced to use Garretson to cover for injured star QB Chuckie Keeton. Former No. 3 QB Craig Harrison is listed as the starter for this weekend’s game versus UNLV.
Oct 21 - 6:26 PM

Utah State will continue to start sophomore Darell Garretson in place of the injured Chuckie Keeton.

Garretson took over at halftime against Wake Forest and started in the loss against Arkansas State, combining for 389 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions. As a freshman in 2013, Garretson started for Keeton when the latter tore his ACL. No decision has been disclosed on if Keeton will attempt to return in 2015.
Oct 2 - 11:09 AM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton will likely be held out for the remainder of the season.

"Chuckie's health is our top priority and he has not been cleared to play by our medical staff," head coach Matt Wells said. "We will continue to monitor his progress throughout the fall, but given his current condition it is unlikely that he will play in any games in the foreseeable future." Keeton was obviously not 100 percent healthy this season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee last year, and seemed to favor the leg after nearly every hit. A BYU player stated earlier in the week that he had heard Keeton would be given a medical redshirt, so leave that possibility open.
Source: USA Today
Oct 1 - 9:25 PM

Utah State HC Matt Wells was surprised by the "report" BYU DL Remington Peck made regarding a possible medical redshirt for senior QB Chuckie Keeton.

"BYU said that?!," Wells said when asked about the statement. "We’ll get him to practice today and we’ll see what is going on," the head coach said of Keeton. The quarterback has not played in a game and a half, and has not looked the same this season after tearing his ACL last year. It is worth noting that Wells did not outright deny the report, only stating Keeton will be evaluated after practice.
Sep 29 - 4:53 PM

BYU DL Remington Peck told BYU Sports Nation that Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton will be taking a medical redshirt this season.

Utah State has not made a statement on the matter. Obviously the source is not exactly certified, but many of the players that go to schools in Utah have close relationships. Keeton missed last season after tearing his ACL and did not look the same in 2014 while seeing action in three games. Again, the report has not been confirmed, but the decision would not surprise us.
Sep 29 - 1:03 PM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton will miss Saturday's game against Arkansas State.

Keeton re-injured his left knee against Wake Forest and was forced out of the second half. Head coach Matt Wells did say Keeton did not re-tear his ACL, but the goal is not to rush him along. "Chuckie is fine from a health standpoint," Wells declared. "The ACL is all intact; everything's good. But it's banged up, guys, and that's the bottom line." Utah State has a bye following this matchup, so Keeton will be evaluated at that time. He does not look like the same player this season.
Source: Desert News
Sep 16 - 9:43 AM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton re-injured his left knee and was forced out of the second half of the school's 36-24 win over Wake Forest.

Keeton tore ligaments in the same knee last year. He was on crutches for a period of time on the sideline but tossed them aside later on. Keeton showed plenty of ability prior to the injury last year, but he has looked sluggish since. Utah State's staff will know more about the injury on Sunday.
Sep 14 - 12:32 PM

The Deseret News reports that USU head coach Matt Wells announced that junior WR Brandon Swindall has a torn Achilles in his left foot and will miss the rest of the 2014 season.

"He’s going to have surgery this week,"Wells said to the Deseret News, who already had to absorb the loss of standout junior linebacker Kyler Fackrell last week. "It’s hard. Everyone of them is hard because you know what those kids have given up to earn a role or the starting job, and that kid’s one of the best receivers in the Mountain West Conference." Last season the Utah State prospect hauled in 29 passes for 285 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 198 pound Swindall caught 5 passes for 37 yards in Utah's season-opener versus Tennessee, but Swindall injured himself after one offensive play in Saturday’s victory over Idaho State.
Sep 10 - 3:38 PM

Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell (ACL) will likely return to school for one more year, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Prior to the season, Pauline reported that Fackrell would almost assuredly head to the draft after the 2014 season. After wrecking his knee in the opener against Tennessee, the outside linebacker is now leaning towards returning for a fifth season in order to rehab his draft stock. "Fackrell was planning on entering the draft as I was told the junior is married and his wife is expecting," Pauline wrote. "While things change the belief at this point in time is Fackrell will likely return to USU for another season."
Sep 8 - 4:19 PM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton's "ball placement was erratic and the speed of Tennessee's defense appeared too much at times" which could hurt Keeton's draft stock, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"His arm was lively with a snap release and enough zip to deliver the ball to all levels of the field, but his ball placement was erratic and the speed of Tennessee's defense appeared too much at times," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound Keeton played in six games last season, as he tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee. While Brugler believes Keeton "will almost surely improve down the stretch with more reps" he missed an opportunity to "impress scouts against a SEC defense in a hostile environment." Keeton completed 18 of 35 of his passes for 144 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, adding in 12 yards rushing on eight carries.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 3 - 12:19 PM

Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell tore his right ACL in Sunday's game against Tennessee and is out for the season.

The Aggies' had a devastating weekend, getting punted by Tennessee as a small underdog, seeing Chuckie Keeton's Heisman hopes go up in smoke, and then losing their havoc-wreaking star outside linebacker for the season. "The versatile linebacker entered the season as a possible early round pick next spring, but this setback puts those projections on hold," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote. ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Fackrell at No. 18 overall on his initial big board. Perhaps Fackrell will return for his fifth-year senior campaign, after all.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 4:39 PM

TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline "continues hearing" that Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell will enter the draft over the winter.

Pauline also passes along that Fackrell will be a top-60 draft pick if he bounces to the NFL early. "I love Fackrell’s physicality as well as his instincts and discipline," the analyst wrote in July. "He does struggle making plays in reverse, showing stiffness and an inability to backpedal." ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Fackrell at No. 18 overall on his initial big board, but CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was "underwhelmed" during film work. "He is too reactionary on tape with below average anticipation and backfield vision, losing sight of the ballcarrier too often and struggling to get through a crowd," the analyst wrote over the summer. "Fackrell tends to be inconsistent breaking down in space and needs to clean up his tackling technique to be a more consistent player."
Sep 1 - 2:43 PM

Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell "has good speed for the position to cover a lot of ground, but is often overaggressive and easily bites on fakes," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler isn't buying into the first-round hype surrounding Fackrell just yet. "He is too reactionary on tape with below average anticipation and backfield vision, losing sight of the ballcarrier too often and struggling to get through a crowd," the analyst wrote. "Fackrell tends to be inconsistent breaking down in space and needs to clean up his tackling technique to be a more consistent player." Tony Pauline ranked Fackrell as the MWC's best pro prospect, and ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 1 underclassmen OLB. "While he has been productive and flashed some next level talent, Fackrell isn't a dynamic athlete and still needs to improve his ball awareness before he's ready for the NFL," Bruger wrote. "The hype train should pump the brakes on this talented but developing prospect."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 3:10 PM


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