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How Case Keenum can win the Heisman

Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:53 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 7:54 am

He’s 6-foot-2, 210, in his sixth year of eligibility from Abilene, Texas. Houston quarterback Case Keenum has two 5,000-yard passing seasons to his credit, leads the nation in that category this season and already is the game’s all-time leading passer (17,537 yards), passing touchdowns (144) and total offense (18,434).

If the Heisman Trophy is considered a lifetime achievement award, how does Keenum not get a trip to New York as a finalist? At least. He has battled through a knee injury that ended his 2010 season prematurely. Barring a loss, Keenum can probably book a trip to Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the ceremony.


Here’s why:

1. With an undefeated season, Houston would become the new non-BCS darling. The school would be the 46th ever to go to a BCS bowl in the 14-year history of the postseason arrangement.

Look what BCS status did for Boise and Utah. Boise quarterback Kellen Moore was a Heisman finalist in 2010. Utah’s Alex Smith finished fourth in the voting in 2004.

2. Exposure. If you didn’t know Keenum, you will  now. GameDay is in Houston this week and will certainly yank a tear or two out of your ducts in regards to the married 23-year-old.

3. If you’re into that sort of thing, Keenum is an NFL prospect. Guys who throw for almost 18,000 yards get into NFL camps, at least. The previous record holder, Timmy Chang, did. So did the previous, previous record holder, Ty Detmer.

4. Sheer numbers. Keenum passed for nine touchdowns against Rice. OK, it’s Rice but it’s still nine touchdowns. And coach Kevin Sumlin called off the dogs too. Over his last five games, Keenum has 23 touchdowns. That’s at least as many as 101 FBS schools over that span.

5. Keenum is on track to become the most efficient single-season passer in history. His current 193.4 rating is ahead of record-holder Colt Brennan of Hawaii (186 in 2006).

6. He is fourth in both the current straw poll vote and  Scripps-Howard News Service Heisman poll.

7. Houston has its BCS scalp, beating UCLA to start the season. The Bruins are still in the running to win the Pac-12 South.

8. It’s about time. The last non-BCS player to win it was Detmer in 1990.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:29 pm

How Case Keenum can win the Heisman

Unfortunately, the mainstream sports media will NEVER select a player from a non-AQ program for a major award.  When Andre Ware won the Heisman back in '89, Houston was part of a major conference (SWC) even though they were on probation at the time with none of their games televised as part of their penalty.  Marshall Faulk was clearly the best player in the country in 1991 but didn't win the Heisman because he played for San Diego State.

Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:21 am

How Case Keenum can win the Heisman

Most people nationwide aren't completely aware of the rich history of UH football. They won the Southwest Conference three of the first four years they played ('76, '78, '79) and beat Nebraska in the '80 Cotton Bowl and should have beaten Notre Dame in the Joe Montana chicken soup Cotton Bowl in '79 (if the line judge hadn't goofed it). They also fielded one of the most complete team in the country in 1989 when Andre Ware won the Heisman. Klingler, Clements, Kolb, and now Keenum. Pretty dandy. While the Conference USA will not garner nationwide respect in terms of difficulty of schedule, UH keeps rolling and doing its best to dominate. Keenum deserves a look as much as any in the country. The passes must be completed and they must be thrown accurately and timely, just like in any other conference. I hope UH runs the table and can legitimize its season against a BCS worthy opponent in a quality bowl. If they get routed, so be it, but if not, as I would suspect, then it would be another great legacy for the program.

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