Utah March Madness: 4 Merlin Olsen vs 13 Chuckie Keeton

Utah March Madness: 4 Merlin Olsen vs 13 Chuckie Keeton

4 Merlin Olsen

College Career Stats: (tackling stats were not tracked at the time)

Awards:

2x First-Team All-American (1960-1961)

Outland Trophy (1961)

Hula Bowl MVP (1961)

Why vote for him?

Merlin is a legend in Logan, Utah. He was a great player at Logan High School and went on to be so great at Utah State that he is the only player to have a statue built. It sits at the South Entrance of the Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.

If you look at team statistics you can see just how elite Merlin was. The Aggies led the nation in rushing yards allowed his senior year at just 50.8 rushing yards per game. The normally average Aggies has a combined 18-3-1 record in Olsen’s last two seasons as an Aggie. They finished 10th in the AP Poll in 1961 which is still the highest in school history.

Merlin also succeeded in the NFL as a member of the “Fearsome Foursome” LA Rams defense. He was also a famous actor and sports commentator following his NFL career. Vote for Merlin if you are a fan of winning at life. Merlin was told by a basketball coach at Logan high that sports weren’t for him but his determination paid off.

Last but not least he was voted one of the best 100 NFL players of all time by NFL.com

13 Chuckie Keeton

College Career Stats: 135.7 QBR, 24 INTs, 62 TDs, 7393 yards, 62.9% completion rate

Awards:

All-WAC First Team (2012)

Why vote for him?

Chuckie was a huge part of the Aggie Renaissance but it wasn’t perfect at first. Utah State hadn’t had a winning season since 1997 and although he showed promise by almost beating the defending National Champion Auburn Tigers, he had a 2-5 record in a tough schedule at the start of the year before going down with an injury at Hawaii. His replacement, Adam Kennedy, led the Aggies to their first ever bowl game in 14 years. They would lose that Idaho Potato Bowl to the Ohio Bobcats.

Chuckie went on to have a very stellar sophomore campaign in 2012 as the Aggies finished 11-2. In his only fully healthy season, Chuckie helped the Aggies climb to #16 in the AP Poll at the end of the season. What is even more impressed is their two losses to Wisconsin and BYU were by a combined 5 points. Had they won those games it would have been the only undefeated season in school history. They still had a lot to be proud of though as they had nine double-digit wins with a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win over Toledo to cap it off. That was their first bowl win since 1993.

Vote for Chuckie if you’re a fan of a quarterback who throws touchdowns and, when healthy, was one of the greatest quarterbacks to wear a USU uniform.

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