USU’s Keeton honored at governor’s awards

Apr 18 2013 - 1:00am


SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been honored as 2012 College Male Athlete of the Year at the annual governor's awards.

The second annual Utah State of Sport Awards ceremony was held Tuesday.

Keeton was chosen over former Utah football players Reggie Dunn and Star Lotulelei, former Utah Valley baseball player Goose Kallunki, former Southern Utah track athlete Cameron Levins, and former Weber State basketball standout Damian Lillard, now an NBA rookie of the year candidate.

Keeton set single-season school records for touchdown passes, passing yards, completions and completion percentage as a sophomore last season.

The Houston native earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in leading Utah State to its most successful season in school history with an 11-2 record and bowl victory.

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement in Sport award was presented to banking mogul, philanthropist and athlete Spencer F. Eccles, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association was honored with the Team Utah Partner of the Year award and ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson was presented the Olympian of the Year award.

Award winners:

High school male athlete--Nick Emery, basketball, Lone Peak High School

High school female athlete--Taylor Calton, tennis, Lone Peak High School.

College male athlete--Chuckie Keeton, football, Utah State University.

College/pro female athlete--Corrie Lothrop, gymnastics, University of Utah

Professional male athlete--Nick Rimando, Soccer, Real Salt Lake.

Coach of the year--Gary Andersens, football, Utah State University.

Team of the year--Lone Peak High School, men's basketball

Game or event of the year--BYU women's soccer . Highlight of the year--Nick Rimando stops Seattle.


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