Tag:Cotton Turner
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 15, 2010 6:50 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 6:54 pm

There's no reason for Case Keenum to face UCLA

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. 

Sit him.

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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Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:19 am

Case Keenum leaves Houston game with injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Houston quarterback Case Keenum passed Colt McCoy and Philip Rivers for fifth place all time on the NCAA's career passing yards list on Friday night against UTEP, throwing for 279 yards in the Cougars 54-24 rout of the Miners, but his 13,503 career yards are likely the last thing on the Cougars' minds when it comes to their quarterback this morning. 

Keenum had to leave the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a head injury.  After having a pass intercepted by UTEP's Travaun Nixon, it looked as though Keenum took a blow to the head while trying to make a tackle.  He was slow to get off the ground and seemed a little woozy before finally leaving the field under his own power.

Keenum did not return to the game, but according to his coach Kevin Sumlin, he didn't need to .

“I just talked to him; he was smiling in the locker room,” Sumlin said. “So we’ll evaluate it and see where he is. The situation was such at that point of the game, the way Cotton was playing, there was no need to do anything. We’ll see where it is.”

Cotton Turner came on for Keenum, completing nine of ten passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.  Which was one more touchdown than Keenum threw before having to leave the game and seeing his streak of 31 consecutive games with a touchdown pass come to an end.

As for the severity of Keenum's injury and whether or not he'll have to miss Houston's game at UCLA next Saturday, we'll have to wait and see. 
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