The Case For Case Keenum

The University of Houston Cougars is in the top 10 of the Associated Press rankings, and now faces Tulsa today in the season finale. They are the only other unbeaten team in the country outside of top ranked LSU. But Case Keenum, the Cougar's record breaking quarterback, says there is a lot of football to be played before the end of an incredible season for the university.

The Houston Cougars are fortunate to be led by Quarterback Case Keenum, who may have had the best collegiate career of any UH quarterback ever. That might seem shocking with the names like Kevin Kolb, David Klinger and Andre Ware.

Case Keenum

  Yds TD
Career total 13,586 107

2011 awards

  • Manning Award Watch List
  • Walter Camp Award Watch List
  • Davey O’Brien Award Watch List
  • Maxwell Award Watch List
  • 2011 Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2011 Preseason First-Team All-Conference (QB)
  • 2011 Athlon Preseason First-Team All-Conference (QB)
  • 2011 Phil Steele Preseason First-Team All-Conference (QB)
  • 2011 College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Watch List
  • Conference USA Player of the Week (9-5-11)
  • C-USA Offensive Player of the Week (9-5-11)

Keenum statistics are undeniable — numbers that even he finds hard to comprehend.

“It’s a lot of thoughts. I don’t know if I could even put it into words. It’s been an incredibla journey from then until now and it’s not really the path or plan I thought I would be on, but sometimes God has better plans for you, and I know my God’s playing right now and that’s where I’m trying to stay.”

At #8 in the country, Houston has its best ranking since 1990, when Klingler and the Coogs were as high as #3 in the rankings.

Keenum joined Hawaii’s Tim Chang, as the only quarterbacks to reach 4,000 yards passing in three seasons. He’s quick to credit his growth as an athlete and his accomplishments sofar to his Creator.

“It’s been everything you know. I really can’t imagine where I’d be. The cool thing is that He’s been there in the low points after surgery and being hurt, and He’s still here in the high points too. So it’s been really good.”

It’s been a while since the glory days of Cougar football. Andre Ware was the first and only Heismann Trophy winner at UH in 1989, but may not be the last. Keenum has a lot to live up to, if he is to be considered the greatest Cougar quarterback.

He already holds the single season passing yards record when he threw for over 5,600 yards in 2009. Keenum knows what kind of distraction being considered for a Heismann Trophy can be, but tries to maintain his focus on completing the season, and a possible Bowl Championship Series berth.

“I’m trying not to think about it right now. Hopefully, I’ll answer that question, hopefully after I win it, but there’s no telling. That’s a long shot and that’s not something that we can control. You know, we can go out there and just play football, and that’s all I want to do.”

Houston faces co-division leader Tulsa, with the winner earning a berth in the league’s championship game on December 3rd. Win those and the Cougars’ future rests on the BCS computer that decides if they’re worthy of a big money bowl.