NCAA grants fifth year of eligibility to Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton


College football got a little more exciting Friday when one of the nation’s top quarterbacks was granted an extra year of eligibility.

Any question the Utah State Aggies had at the quarterback position may have been answered when the NCAA decided quarterback Chuckie Keeton would receive a fifth year.

Keeton, who is already holds multiple school records, is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered Sept. 13 against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. But he is expected back for fall camp and maybe earlier.

While Keeton’s return is a major boost for the program, he suffered a knee injury in each of the past two seasons. He’ll enter the fray in a quarterback competition alongside sophomore Kent Myers and junior Darell Garretson.

Prior to his injuries, Keeton threw for 3,373 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. The quarterback also ran for 619 more yards and eight touchdowns.

Keeton already holds the school’s record for completion perception. If he can play a full season in 2015, he has a chance to break the program’s records for career touchdown passes, completions and total offense.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.