Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's Wednesday and it seems that Kevin Sumlin and the Houston Cougars are yet to come to a decision on what to do with quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum suffered what is being termed as a "mild concussion" last Saturday in the Cougars' 54-24 victory over UTEP last Saturday, and though Sumlin has said his quarterback's condition has improved throughout the week, he's still not sure whether or not to let him play against UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
Well, since Sumlin and offensive coordinator Jason Phillips have had such a tough time figuring out what to do, I figured I'd help them out a little bit.
There, problem solved. As Jacobi went over earlier in the week, the more we learn about the effect of concussions on those who suffer them, the scarier things get. So whether it was a mild concussion or not, there is absolutely no reason to play Keenum. Especially when Phillips sounds so confident about Keenum's backup, Cotton Turner. Who, on an unrelated note, has an awesome name.
"We're going to do what we do," Phillips said. "Our system is in place. Our offense is in place. Our players are confident in what we're doing. Cotton is very confident in what we do, and our players believe in him."
Okay, so if you're so confident in Turner, then why the hesitation over playing him? Is a victory over UCLA worth endangering Keenum's quality of life? He is just a kid after all, not a professional athlete. I'd imagine just going to class with a concussion could be an adventure, let alone playing in a football game.
Turner proved himself more than capable of filling in for Keenum against UTEP, and let's be real, you're facing UCLA here. Have you seen the Bruins this season? I don't think playing Turner hurts your chances of leaving the Rose Bowl with a victory.
So for the sake of Keenum, I hope all this indecision is nothing more than posturing just so UCLA doesn't know who to expect under center.
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