Posted by Chip Patterson
Houston star quarterback Case Keenum has decided to petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. Keenum's 2010 season was finished when he tore his ACL in a 31-13 loss to UCLA in the third game of the season. He has already had a career for the record books at Houston, as the Cougars' career passing leader and fifth on the NCAA career passing yardage list at 13,587. Keenum underwent successful surgery and now
“After talking this over with my family and people close to me, I have decided to try for another year of eligibility,” Keenum said in a statement released through UH. “This ending wasn’t exactly what I predicted for my senior year, and because I care so much about this team and this university, I would love to be able to play one more season. I don’t know what the outcome will be, but I at least want to see the whole process through. I thank coach (Kevin) Sumlin and the athletic department for their help in this appeal.”
Clearly Keenum is upset with the way his career as a Cougar has potentially ended, but it is likely that this decision has just as much to do with the timing of the injury in relation to the NFL Draft. Normally the recovery period for ACL surgery can last as many as eight or nine months, with the actual date of the draft falling about seven months after Keenum's operation. Another factor in the decision is likely the dreaded collective bargaining agreement, and the threat of a lockout for the 2011 season. Regardless of the outcome, Keenum needs to hope for a speedy decision. He is set to graduate in December and if he is granted an extra year must rearrange his academic schedule by mid-January.
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