Who to Watch: Toledo v. Utah State (Idaho Potato Bowl)

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Saturday, December 15, 4:30pm EST

ESPN

Free reign to yell encouragements at ‘Chuckie’ for 3+ hours.

UTAH STATE

Chuckie Keeton, #16 , Sophomore, QB

This is going to sound bizarre, but to look at Chuckie Keeton’s 2012 season is to see a passing talent on par with Joe Flacco’s last season in college.  Of more than 250 quarterback seasons studied, both rank in the top ten for lowest percentage of interceptions thrown.  Against quality opponents, both completed passes at a rate comfortably above 60%.  Finally, both players consistently delivered multi-TD passing performances in their biggest games.  Might I remind you that Flacco was a first round pick?

Chuckie will not be a first round pick, or a pick of any kind in 2013, as he’s still a sophomore.  But what you should enjoy about watching this game is his efficiency and his athleticism.  At 6’1”,  Keeton will probably never get a long look in the NFL  (Flacco is 6′ 6”) however he can spin it with the best of them and is the perfect quarterback for the #22 ranked Utah State Aggies.  Expect to see him break a long run or two against the 107th ranked Toledo defense.

FINAL BOWL STAT LINE:  21/31  229 pass yards, 9 rushes, 92 yards, 1 rushing TD

TOLEDO

David Fluellen, #22, Junior, RB

Disclaimer: I let out three audible ‘wows’ during the first 90 seconds of this video.  Impressive stuff.

When the spotlight shines brightest on the Toledo Rockets, the team leans heavily on Fluellen, a 6′  215 LB running back who has consistently delivered.  In premier games, Fluellen touches the ball nearly 29 times per game while accounting for nearly 170 yards from scrimmage, which ranks him as my 4th most productive RB in the NCAA.  In this matchup, he’ll face a tough Utah State defense that allows a meager 4.3 yards per play (5th in the nation).  Expect the Rockets to run Fluellen early and often as they try to soften up the Utah State front seven.  Expect big #22 to play hungry in this game as he’s already submitted his paperwork to the NFL for evaluation and could declare for the draft despite his remaining eligibility.

FINAL BOWL STAT LINE:  7 rushes, 38 rushing yards… left game in 1st half with an injury and didn’t return.

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