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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

NFL scouts have been "intrigued" by Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Keeton isn't physically imposing with a below average build and little growth potential, but most of the other boxes receive checks with a strong arm, quick feet and the unrelenting attitude needed for the quarterback position. His fiery, competitive on-field demeanor coupled with his up-beat, positive character off the field will be a hit during NFL interviews," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound Keeton only managed to play in six games in 2013, tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee. Before getting injured, he completed almost 70 percent of his passes with an 18/2 TD/INT ratio. As of now, the coaching staff still doesn't know when Keeton will be ready to go, as he missed all of spring practice. The Aggies are crossing their fingers to have their play maker under center for the season opener.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 14 - 4:10 PM

Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell is expected to declare for the NFL draft after this season, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"Word (at) this time is he’s likely to enter the draft," Pauline writes. "I love Fackrell’s physicality as well as his instincts and discipline. He does struggle making plays in reverse, showing stiffness and an inability to backpedal." Fackrell received a second day grade from Pauline. Mel Kiper also brought the outside linebacker's name up during preseason tape work.
Jul 7 - 10:46 AM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton received a "free agent" preseason grade from draft insider Tony Pauline.

Keeton ranks behind his fellow MWC quarterbacks, namely Colorado State's Garret Grayson (fourth-round), Nevada's Cody Fajardo (sixth-round). We think Keeton can really emerge this season, as his passing charts were impressive. We'd like to see him be forced to handle the pocket more often, but that is unlikely. Keeton only played in six games last season before tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Jun 30 - 3:56 PM

Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell ranks as draft insider Tony Pauline's top prospect from the Mountain West Conference.

Fackrell was hyped up by Mel Kiper just a few weeks ago, but CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was "underwhelmed" after watching two games. Pauline gives Fackrell a day two preseason tag. Two Fresno State prospects, safety Derron Smith and receiver Joshua Harper, both received third-round labels.
Jun 30 - 3:39 PM

Utah State redshirt junior edge player Kyler Fackrell's film tape has left CBS Sports' Dane Brugler "underwhelmed" through two games of film study.

"Utah State LB Kyler Fackrell has received a ton of hype, but through two games of film, I'm very underwhelmed. I need to see more," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Fackrell was recently ranked as Mel Kiper's No.1 underclassmen OLB. One of Utah States' top defenders in 2013, Fackrell had 82 tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown, with 13 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks on the season.
Jun 23 - 3:49 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Utah State redshirt junior edge player Kyler Fackrell as the No. 1 underclassmen OLB.

The ranking will surprise nobody who saw Fackrell slotted at No. 18 overall on Kiper's initial big board last month. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Fackrell is an outstanding athlete who will wreak havoc on MWC offenses this fall. "His versatility stands out," Kiper wrote. "He's got a ton of athleticism and could pile up more TFL and sack totals if he just lined up at either end and pinned his ears back, but he can also drop and cover. A name to watch." Fackrell had 13 tackles for loss last season; as Kiper mentions, expect that number to go up.
Jun 22 - 5:19 PM

NFL scouts are "touting" Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton as a "sleeper candidate to watch in the fall," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Keeton completed almost 70 percent of his passes with an 18/2 TD/INT ratio before his junior campaign was truncated by an ACL injury. "Keeton displayed the mobility and elusiveness to flee the pocket under duress, while maintaining the awareness, poise and savvy to make pinpoint throws down the field," Brooks wrote. "With NFL teams becoming increasingly comfortable with a run-pass threat in the backfield, Keeton's skills as a mobile playmaker fit the mold of the 'new school' quarterback that's taking over the league." According to the analyst, scouts will be watching closely this year to make a determination if Keaton's game -- which has been heavily imbued by tricks of the Aggies' spread scheme such bubble screen, pop passes and other quick-rhythm throws -- can translate to the next level. This is a player helped by Russell Wilson's success, and he'll be aided further if Johnny Manziel has a successful transition to the pros.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 8:57 PM


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