Will Chuckie Keeton Miss The BYU Game?


The last time BYU played Utah State, Chuckie Keeton went down with a very unfortunate knee injury that cost him the rest of the season. Nobody wanted to see Keeton go down like that and everyone, BYU fans included, hoped that he would make a complete recovery in time for the BYU game this year. But, it appears that may not be the case.

Utah State took on Wake Forest on September 13 and Keeton again exited the game early due to an apparent knee injury. He sat out the Aggies’ next game and rested up during the bye week last week. There has been optimism, from both Utah State fans and BYU fans, that Keeton would be healthy enough to play in the game on Friday. Now that we’re in game week and we’re already seeing conflicting reports regarding Keeton’s playing status.

In a bizarre story, BYU’s defensive end Remington Peck told the guys on BYU SportsNation that Keeton would receive a medical redshirt and sit out the remainder of this season.

Why does Peck know this? Is it true? If it is true, why did Peck break this story on a BYU radio show? And if it’s not true then why did Peck say anything at all? It’s very strange. As if a BYU player breaking a Utah State injury update isn’t strange enough, Utah State coaches added to the confusion when Utah State officials and head coach Matt Wells flat denied that a medical redshirt was on the table.

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Our friend Will Smith from 1320 KFAN may have found a link to where Peck got his information, however.

It doesn’t appear that all of BYU is aware of what Peck so who knows if it’s true or not.

So in the end, what does this mean for BYU? Nothing, basically, it should be business as usual for the Cougars. Whether Keeton or backup Darrel Garretson runs onto the field on Friday night, BYU’s defense needs to be ready. Maybe Peck is right and Utah State is throwing up a smoke screen in an effort to not give BYU any tips. Maybe Peck is wrong and Keeton is still waiting to find out if he will be the starting quarterback this week. Whatever the case may be, BYU has their work cut out for them. Keeton is a known commodity and BYU fans have seen what he is capable of in the past. Garretson, on the other hand, is no slouch. When Keeton was hurt last year, Garretson took over and led Utah State to the Mountain West Conference Championship Game. Both quarterbacks have a lot of talent and both quarterbacks have a different set of skills.

Stay tuned this week to see if any additional stories are broken by BYU football players.