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Chuckie Keeton joining Utah State football coaching staff

20130921 Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton passes the ball during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton passes the ball during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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One of the most influential players in Utah State Aggies football history is returning to campus.

Over the past few days, rumors have swirled that Chuckie Keeton would be joining new head coach Blake Anderson’s coaching staff, and on Sunday, the school confirmed via Twitter that Keeton is indeed back.

Anderson quoted the school’s tweet, writing, “OH YES HE IS!!!!!!”

The school’s tweet came minutes after Anderson tweeted a photo of himself with a group that he indicated was at least part of his staff, although no official announcement has been made.

It’s not known what position on the staff Keeton will assume. For the past two seasons, he has been an offensive graduate assistant at Texas Tech, following Matt Wells when Wells took the head coaching job there after six years at Utah State.

Keeton had been a graduate assistant with the Aggies under Wells in 2018. Before that, he was at Oregon State for the 2016 and 2017 seasons with former Utah State head coach Gary Andersen.

The Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Murschel reported Saturday that Central Florida co-offensive coordinator Anthony Tucker will become Anderson’s offensive coordinator.

Keeton, 27, helped usher in an era of unprecedented success at Utah State when he arrived in 2011. The Houston native wound up being oft-injured, but he still became one of the most statistically productive quarterbacks in school history.