Tag:Case Keenum Houston
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:31 pm

VIDEO: Case Keenum talks about his 6th year at UH

Posted by Chip Patterson

Case Keenum overcame the odds by being granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after tearing an ACL in the third game of his senior season.  Keenum has arguably established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in Houston football history, and is closing in on a majority of the major passing records at the NCAA level.  However, when Keenum went down against UCLA it appeared those records would stay in tact.  

But the NCAA is not going to keep a talent like Keenum off the field in order to preserve records.  He will return to the field in a limited fashion this spring, and expects to be full strength for the start of the 2011 season.  His return has made the Cougars a threat once again in Conference USA, as he will try to lead Houston back to the postseason after a five-year bowl streak was snapped in 2010.

He recently sat down during a Houston basketball game to discuss his return to Houston for a sixth year, as well as some of his talents on the hardwood back in the day.

Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:09 am

Case Keenum applying for medical redshirt

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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Posted on: September 17, 2010 3:36 pm

Keenum cleared to play for Houston against UCLA

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Houston Cougars only get three opportunities in the 2010 regular season to showcase their squad against a school from a BCS AQ conference.  One of those opportunities is against the UCLA Bruins on Saturday night in the Rose Bowl.

After receiving a big hit on an interception against UTEP on Friday night, quarterback Case Keenum "displayed symptoms of a mild concussion" and was held out for the rest of the game.  All week, Keenum has been listed as day-to-day and his status was unknown against the Bruins.

Houston, currently ranked No. 23 in the AP poll, relies on Keenum to lead the high-octane offense that is currently first in the nation in total points and ninth in passing yards.  Luckily for Houston, Keenum has been cleared to play.

As part of the University of Houston's concussion management program "an athlete would take approximately one week to proceed through the full rehabilitation protocol once they are asymptomatic at rest and provocative exercise."

The UCLA game is outside the minimum requirements UH guidelines provide for its athletes to overcome symptoms related to concussions.

However, there is no guarantee Keenum will actually see action against the Bruins.

There are still variables that can trigger the recurrence of concussion-like symptoms according to Dr. Walter Lowe, who is one of the University of Houston's team doctors and is on the school's concussion management team.

So while there is no guarantee that Keenum will start against UCLA, the fact that he has been medically cleared at this point is a great sign for Houston.  The Heisman hopeful has been stellar even in very limited action, throwing for over 500 yards and five touchdowns in what amounts to about a game and a half.

Keenum's backup, junior Cotton Turner, played well in Keenum's absence against UTEP.  Stepping in to complete 17 of 21 passes and throw for a pair of touchdowns himself.  However, UCLA will present a more formidable defense than the Miners, and having Keenum under center will help ease any concerns of a potential upset from the Bruins.  
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