Tag:Case Keenum Injury
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: December 14, 2010 9:40 am
Edited on: December 14, 2010 10:14 am

Houston files paperwork for Keenum's sixth year

Posted by Chip Patterson

As expected, the University of Houston has filed an appeal with the NCAA requesting a sixth year of eligibility for quarterback Case Keenum.  Keenum, the school's all-time leading passer, had his senior year cut short in the third game when he went down with a knee injury against UCLA.  In 2009, Keenum wowed Cougars fans by throwing for 48 touchdowns and amassing over 5800 yards of total offense.  

After being named the Conference USA Player of the Year, hopes were high for Keenum and the Houston squad coming into 2010.  With another big season, Keenum could possibly become the NCAA all-time leader in total passing yards.  

But the injury has kept Keenum from accomplishing that in his fifth year, as well as hurt his stock in the NFL Draft.  So Houston is doing their part to try and grant him that redshirt senior season he did not get in 2010.  According to the NCAA rules, a player may only be granted a sixth year of eligibility if they can prove that the player has missed two seasons due to circumstances out of his control.  

What does not bode well for Keenum is that the NCAA normally does not consider a team-issued redshirt (Keenum's first season on campus) as one of those situations.  Keenum's best chance in the appeal is the timing of the knee injury, and hoping to get some sympathy from the appeals committee.

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 19, 2010 9:04 pm

Is Case Keenum's injury a blessing in disguise?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

There can't be many positives that come out of a 31-13 loss for a ranked team -- especially when the victor is UCLA -- but Houston's loss yesterday is going to hamper the Cougars for the rest of the season.

During the game, All-American quarterback Case Keenum tore his ACL while trying to make a tackle (incidentally, not the first time he's been hurt like that this season), and is done for the year. His backup, Cotton Turner, then broke his clavicle one quarter later. He's also out for the balance of the season. And just like that, one of the best positional units in the country is now one of the most unstable. Freshman Terrance Broadway is expected to take the majority of snaps now, but there's really no telling how he'll perform.

Ironically, if Keenum were singularly focused on setting collegiate passing records, this injury might actually be something of a blessing; Keenum's injury came during the third game of the 2010 season, meaning he's almost assured of receiving clearance for a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. The NCAA's cutoff for medical hardship waivers is 30% of a season, after all, and our trusty calculator here tells us Keenum participated in only 25% of this season.

Further, ACL tears aren't the catastrophes they used to be; while Keenum's season is most certainly over, an 8- to 9-month recovery period puts him on the practice field by the start of summer. That means Keenum only needs 4,122 yards to break the record next season, rather than the 4,758 he needed coming into this year. While we wouldn't recommend "season-ending injury in the middle of senior year" as a path to statistical glory, of course, we are just sayin' -- three extra starts never hurt anyone's stats.

Oh, and this injury has no relation -- karmic or otherwise -- to the poor decision Houston made in starting Keenum so quickly after suffering "concussion-like symptons" (NOTE: this is, effectively, a concussion, and Houston was trying to draw a distinction without a difference in obfuscating the matter). Keenum should not have started, but an extra week of recovery for his brain would have had no bearing on whether his knee was injured.

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.  
Posted on: September 13, 2010 1:25 pm

QB's uncertain on both sides for Houston-UCLA

Posted by Chip Patterson

The showdown between No. 23 Houston and UCLA is a pivotal one of the high-powered Cougars, with it being one of three games on the schedule against BCS AQ schools.  A chance to showcase their top-ranked offense against one of it's more formidable opponents, and also a chance for Heisman hopeful quarterback Case Keenum to try and rack up numbers on a more national stage.  

But first he needs to be medically cleared to play.  Keenum is still listed as day-to-day after leaving the game in the Cougars' 54-24 win over UTEP on Friday.  Keenum took a blow to the head while throwing an interception, and was "displaying signs of a mild concussion" but has been "improving dramatically," according to Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin.  

Things are just as ambiguous on the other side of the ball for the Bruins with their signal callers.  Starting quarterback Kevin Prince has struggled to get back to 100 percent since sitting out most of the preseason with a strained oblique.  Prince then injured his shoulder in UCLA's 31-22 season opening loss to Kansas State.  Prince shared time in practice with Richard Brehaut, and the sophomore eventually took over for Prince after an unproductive first half in UCLA's 35-0 loss to Stanford.  Brehaut was unable to get much going himself, but it has left UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel with no clear-cut favorite for starting quarterback.
"We'll see. We'll watch practice. The effectiveness of the quarterback position is critical, so we want to make sure we have someone out there who knows what he's doing and does it well. At the end of the day, as long as (Prince's) health is good, it comes down to performance. To date, the performance hasn't been what it needs to be."Neuheisel went on to reiterate that there is no decision and he has found himself second-guessing his decision to start Prince the first two games of the season.  Houston is almost guaranteed to put up big points against the Bruins, so if UCLA wants to have any chance in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, they need to get things fixed on the offensive side of the ball. 
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