Cy Creek HS grad Chuckie Keeton carted off field but is out of the hospital
Cy Creek High School graduate Chuckie Keeton was injured in Utah State's win over Hawaii Saturday.
Adam Kennedy replaced freshman starting quarterback Keeton, who suffered a neck injury and was carted off the field and taken to the hospital at the end of the first half.
Keeton threw his 11th touchdown pass of the season with the first-quarter scoring toss.
Keeton is out of the hospital and cleared to return to Logan after suffering an injury Saturday night in USU's 35-31 comeback win at Hawaii.
Keeton, a freshman quarterback from Houston, Texas, was injured late in the second quarter and carted off the field, and taken to The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. USU Head Athletic Trainer Dale Mildenberger stayed with Keeton.
According to USU team physician Dr. Trek Lyons, Keeton suffered an extreme stinger to his spine, but Lyons said that Keeton was moving and walking about Sunday, and was cleared to return to Logan.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chuckie," USU head coach Gary Andersen said. "He is a tough kid, and we're extremely glad he is going to be okay. We can't wait to get him home and back together with our team so we can wrap our arms around him and let him know how much we love him."
Keeton was a two-time All-District 15-5A selection, as well as a Touchdown Club of Houston Offensive Player of the Year finalist. He was named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine Top 20 QB's and Top 300 players lists, as well as the publication's district preseason player of the year.
He led Cy Creek to the third round of the Texas 5A state playoffs by passing for 2,389 yards with 13 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 1,023 yards and 16 scores as a senior.
Keeton is the son of Charles and Lavern Keeton and plans on majoring in computer engineering at Utah State.
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