Unfortunately for Utah State, the injury to Chuckie Keeton was as bad as originally feared.
USU announced Saturday evening that the star quarterback tore both the ACL and MCL in his knee and will, obviously, miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Keeton suffered the injury late in the first quarter of the loss to BYU Friday night.
Keeton will undergo surgery this coming week, with the school stating that he will be sidelined for a period of eight months. Such a timeline would knock the junior out of spring practice but would have him returning for summer camp.
“Very unfortunate situation for both Chuckie and our team,” said head coach Matt Wells in a statement. “We’ve lost a great leader, great teammate and a very productive football player. I have all the confidence in the world in Chuckie, along with our doctors and staff that he will come back stronger than ever next season. As for the remainder of this season, we will regroup as a team and pick up the slack and continue to strive to compete for the Mountain West championship.”
Keeton entered Friday’s game second in the country by accounting for 17 touchdowns passes.
Junior Craig Harrison will take over for Keeton and will make his first start against Boise State next Saturday.