"I'm definitely happy to be back and playing with my guys again," said the Utah State quarterback. "Today was probably the best day one we've had as an offense since I've been here."
After missing the final eight games of the 2013 season with a devastating knee injury, Keeton looked good in his first practice, but he did give his coach a few scares.
"We all held our breath a couple times," said head coach Matt Wells with a smile. "I thought he looked good, I thought he was sharp. The guy is a great leader and a great player."
Keeton did wear a protective brace, but that was just a precaution.
"For me, it's really more of a comfort thing," Keeton said. "I mean, Tom Brady wears one and he's not too bad. So, I guess I just want to be more like Tom."
Keeton's return to the field seemed to inspire the entire team.
"When he's out there, I know the offense is going 100 miles per hour," said cornerback Rashard Stewart. "The defense needs to go 102 to be the best. So, I love it when Chuckie is out there."
Also back on the field was senior running back Joe Hill, who like Keeton, is returning from knee surgery.
"I thought he moved around well," said Wells. "He caught the ball really good and that's typical Joe Hill. I saw him make a few cuts, accelerate and I thought he looked good."
Coming off back to back bowl victories for the first time ever, expectations are sky high in Logan. The Aggies have won 27 games since 2011, their highest win total in a three-year period in school history. So this team knows the pressure is on to sustain that level of excellence.
"It's really just amazing," said Keeton. "Since the first year I got here, we've progressively gotten better. That's exactly what you want out of a program coming into your senior year."
"It's exciting, but I'm not going to make any bold statements or blanket statements," said Wells. "I think we've got a good team, but I'm not sure if we've got a great team yet. But it's a good start."
The Aggies open the season the season August 31st at Tennessee.
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