UTAH STATE AGGIES
Coach: Matt Wells
Record: 19-9 (third season); 19-9 career
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Last year: 10-4 overall, 6-2 MW
Last bowl: 2014 New Mexico (W, 21-6 against UTEP)
Returning starters: 8 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialist
Story line: The Aggies get back two big pieces off injury (QB Chuckie Keeton and LB Kyler Fackrell), plus get to host Boise State and Colorado State. The defense could be very tough after giving up 19.7 ppg last season.
Star player: He has played only nine games the last two seasons, but senior QB Chuckie Keeton will be the league's most watched player. Coming off consecutive torn ACLs, can he still be the same type of QB he once was? His career 58-to-17 TD-to-INT ratio and 1,234 rushing yards show what can be, or what could've been.
Quotable: "No knee brace in the spring, and made a few cuts where you rewind and watch it again, you go like 'ooh, that's the old Chuckie.' I think he's strong as ever" — Wells on Keeton
NOTE: This is the 11th and final in our series profiling the Mountain West’s football teams (except Boise State). We started with the West Division, going in reverse order of the preseason poll, found here. Utah State was predicted to finish second in the Mountain Division.
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