Like any athlete coming off an injury, Keeton still may need to clear that last mental hurdle by stepping back on the field in a live situation and trusting that his body won't let him down. By now, though, he has been waiting and longing for that first hit, not to mention a chance to cut on turf instead of in the food court.
"He is a very tough-minded individual, and if he wasn't, he wouldn't have been able to do what he did at Auburn," Aggies coach Matt Wells said. "Now we have this injury, and he will need to make that first cut, take that first tackle and do some of the things like that to feel comfortable.
"But this is one thing I do know, they did not hurt his mind, and they did not hurt his arm. His arm is a weapon, and his mind is a tremendous weapon that is vastly underrated, in my opinion. To me, he has God-given ability and talent, but also what he has is a mindset and a makeup to be an elite quarterback in college football."
After a long wait and maybe a few innocent victims, Keeton is back now with a chance to prove that's exactly what he is.