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Case Keenum, QB

School: Houston  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Abilene, TX
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 208 lbs.
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03/20/2012 - Keenum was one of 11 Cougars showcasing their skills for more than 30 scouts representing 22 NFL teams at UH's pro day at Yeoman Fieldhouse. For the 24-year-old, Monday was about showcasing his true abilities after being hampered by a hamstring injury at the NFL scouting combine in February. The Abilene native revealed that he strained his right hamstring running his second 40-yard dash at the combine and that it affected his throwing during drills. On Monday, there were no ill effects from the injury, as Keenum whizzed pass after pass to receivers on a variety of patterns, showed capable arm strength and displayed his athleticism with a 4.31-second time in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.89 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also put up a solid 18 repetitions on the bench press. "It was very important for me to show these guys that (at the combine), that was not me," Keenum said. "I have very high standards for myself and I believe in my abilities tremendously and I think I wasn't at my best. I wanted to go out there and compete. That's what I do." Receiver Patrick Edwards, who is thought of as the Cougars' most appealing draft prospect, performed for scouts for the first time since January, when he did so at the Senior Bowl. Still feeling the effects of a quadriceps injury that he suffered that week, Edwards wasn't his best, running a 4.59-second 40-yard dash and missing the signature explosion during routes that he showed on the field for UH, but he felt it important to compete, regardless of his health status. "I'm not 100 percent so I can't run my best," Edwards said. "But I wanted to come out here and show the teams that I could compete and fight through an injury." - Sam Khan Jr., The Houston Chronicle

03/19/2012 - Houston quarterback Case Keenum revealed that he suffered a strained hamstring on his second attempt at the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis. He said he didn't want to make excuses, which is why he decided to still throw, but it clearly affected him. "I strained my hamstring on the second 40," Keenum said on Monday after his performance at UH's pro day. "I'm not a track guy or 400-hurdler or haven't qualified for the Olympics but I think I was trying to at that point, trying to run a 4.3. But strained my hamstring on the second 40 and it kind of put me in a funk. I went over to see the trainers and (quarterbacks) were already warming up throwing. I'm not going to make excuses and I didn't that day. I said ???I"m out here, I'm going to throw.' But it definitely wasn't me at my best." There were some reports questioning Keenum's arm strength after his combine performance and he said it was important to show his true ability on Monday for scouts. "It was very important for me to show these guys that (at the combine), that was not me," Keenum said. "I have very high standards for myself and I believe in my abilities tremendously and I think I wasn't at my best. I wanted to go out there and compete. That's what I do. That's where you can get into the whole touchy situation of ???Do you throw or not throw.' But my whole mindset has been, ???I am who I am, so let's do it, let's roll.'" On Monday, he didn't show any issues throwing. He threw the ball with good velocity, particularly on the out routes, and he showed the ability to get it downfield. I had one scout tell me that he felt Keenum had "above average" arm strength. - Sam Khan Jr., The Houston Chronicle

01/03/2012 - Case Keenum finished his record-setting career with another performance for the history books. The sixth-year senior threw for 532 yards and three touchdowns, leading No. 20 Houston to 30-14 victory against No. 24 Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl on Monday. The Cougars (13-1) finished with a school record for victories and made Tony Levine a winner in his debut as Houston coach. Levine took over when Kevin Sumlin left to take the Texas A&M job after the regular season. Keenum came into the game as the NCAA's career leader in yards passing and touchdowns passes, then set a bowl record with 227 yards passing in the first quarter. "I'm biased, obviously. I'd put him right at the top," Levine said when asked where Keenum ranks among the best college quarterbacks of all time. "You don't win 12 games by accident and I don't think you don't break the records he broke by accident, either." Keenum wasn't concerned with his place. He leaves Houston as the school career leader with 37 wins, and that's what he chose to focus on. "As far as rankings and all that goes, I'm concerned with our team ranking and how we end up," Keenum said. "Thirteen and one, I hope we end up in the top 15 in the country." The loss put to rest Penn State's tumultuous year with three losses in the last four games. Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired as part of a child sex-abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that shook college sports. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - Scouting the Houston passing game: Houston's passing game philosophy has been, for several years, of the opinion it does its thing regardless of what opposing defenses try to do to stop it. That has worked, for the most part, but saw some serious challenges when Southern Miss was able to generate a dominating pass rush with its front four last Saturday. QB Case Keenum was under more pressure in that game than he had been in the entire season and the result was two interceptions, two sacks and seven quarterback hurries. Still, this is the nation's leading passing offense for a reason. In Keenum and WRs Patrick Edwards, Tyron Carrier and Justin Johnson, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better senior quartet of playmakers in recent memory. Keenum has 5,099 passing yards and 45 touchdowns while Edwards, Carrier and Johnson combined so far this year for 241 receptions, 3,519 yards and 34 receiving TDs. - The Sports Xchange

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Houston hasn't had the same bowl experience recently that it had back in the late 1970s and early 80s when it played in the Cotton Bowl four times between 1976 and 1984. The Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl is the school's 20th bowl appearance and third under head coach Kevin Sumlin, who has a 1-1 record in bowls with a 2008 win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl and a 2009 loss to the same team in the same bowl. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Case Keenum is the Cougars' all-time winningest quarterback in school history and the NCAA's all-time passing leader, total offense leader and just about every other major passing category. If Houston gets over its disappointment of the BCS miss, it will be because of their senior leader. Keenum is not just the stat compiler that will leave the college game with all the records, he has been the spark plug that has kept the Cougars' high-powered engine running all season. He enters the bowl game with 5,099 passing yards and 45 touchdown passes. - The Sports Xchange

12/21/2011 - Houston quarterback Case Keenum headlined a list of three finalists for the ninth annual Bobby Bowden Award, presented by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Bobby Bowden award recognizes the Division FBS player who epitomizes a student-athlete. He must conduct himself as a faith model in the community, on campus, in the classroom and on the field. Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA or better. He must also have the backing of his school's Athletic Director and Head Football coach. The award is named after former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden. The award was conceived by two men. The first was one of coach Bowden's assistant coaches Vince Gibson, who is in the latter stages of Lou Gehrig's disease. The other person is Vernon Brinson who is a former player of coach Bowden. Keenum, who has broken numerous NCAA records over his UH career, has handled his business off the playing field as well. The Abilene, Texas, native carried a 3.14 grade-point average during his undergraduate coursework and owns a 3.8 GPA in graduate school. He is also active in the UH Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and is college football's (F.B.S.) all-time leader for passing yardage, total offense, touchdown passes, total touchdowns, 300-yard games and completions (among many others). Keenum joins Ben Jones (Georgia) and Mike VanDerMeulen (Toledo) as finalists. - Houston football

12/16/2011 - 2011 CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB-Case Keenum, Sr., Houston, has been selected All-Conference USA First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. Keenum was the country's top passer this season, throwing for 5,099 yards and 45 touchdowns. His yardage and TD totals led the nation, while his completion percentage (71.7) and passing efficiency (177.9) ranked among the top six in America. Named the 2011 Sammy Baugh Award winner as college football's top passer, Keenum has more wins than any quarterback in UH history and led the team to a school record 12 victories in 2011. - Houston football

12/08/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD FINALIST (BEST QUARTERBACK): Case Keenum, Houston, Sr...Keenum was the country's top passer this season, throwing for 5,099 yards and 45 touchdowns. His yardage and TD totals led the nation, while his completion percentage (71.7) and passing efficiency (177.9) ranked among the top six in America. Named the 2011 Sammy Baugh Award winner as college football's top passer, Keenum has more wins than any quarterback in UH history and led the team to a school record 12 victories in 2011. - Houston football

12/07/2011 - 2011 CONFERENCE USA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Houston senior QB Case Keenum was named the recipient of the Conference USA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first two-time winner. The MVP award adds to a history-making senior season for the Abilene, Texas, native. Keenum broke NCAA records for career passing yardage (18,685), total offense (19,572), touchdown passes (152), total touchdowns (175), completions (1,501) and 300-yard games (38). He owns virtually every NCAA career passing mark and is the first player in NCAA history with three career 5,000-yard seasons. In 2011, Keenum was the country's top passer, throwing for 5,099 yards and 45 touchdowns. His yardage and TD totals led the country, while his completion percentage (71.7) and passing efficiency (177.9) ranked among the top six in America. Keenum won the Sammy Baugh Award, given to the nation's top passer, on December 1, becoming just the second two-time winner in the history of that award. In addition to this honor, Keenum won the C-USA MVP award in 2009, the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2008 and Freshman of the Year honors in 2007. - Conference USA football

12/06/2011 - Conference USA announced its 2011 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. All 12 schools were represented with at least two overall selections and 10 placed at least one player on first team. West Division champion Houston produced the most total selections with 12 and the Cougars, along with SMU, had the most first team choices with six. Bowl-bound teams Tulsa and Southern Miss ranked second and third in total selections with the Golden Hurricane producing nine and the Golden Eagles placing eight. The Cougars' first team selections include five on its nation-leading offense. Record-setting quarterback Case Keenum (383-of-534 for 5,099 yards and 45 TD passes) is joined by running back Charles Sims (team-high 782 rushing yards, 545 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns), wide receiver Patrick Edwards (79 catches for 1,524 yards and a nation-leading 18 receiving touchdowns), tight end Justin Johnson (75 receptions for 1,081 yards) and offensive lineman Chris Thompson in earning first team honors. Linebacker Sammy Brown (88 tackles, nation-leading 28 TFL's and 12.5 sacks) represents UH on the first team defense. - Conference USA football

11/25/2011 - Facing a fourth down in a tight game, Patrick Edwards saw an opportunity to put No. 8 Houston in control. During a timeout, Edwards asked to be sent on a deep route to convert not only the fourth-and-1 but to go for more. "I told them, `If you run it, I'll win,"' Edwards said. "So, we called it and I scored." Edwards' 38-yard touchdown catch sparked a string of 28 straight points, and Houston pulled away to beat Tulsa 48-16 on Friday and earn a spot in next week's Conference USA championship game. Case Keenum threw for 457 yards and five touchdowns and Edwards finished with 181 yards receiving and four scores as the Cougars (12-0, 8-0) set a school season record by winning their 12th game. The 12 straight wins also match the school's longest winning streak, set over the 1990 and '91 seasons. "12-0 is pretty good. That's a pretty good position to be in," Keenum said. "I couldn't ask for anything else." Houston will go for more next Saturday, when they host either Southern Mississippi or Marshall in the C-USA title game. With a win, the Cougars will earn their first BCS bid and become from first team from the conference to play in the Bowl Championship Series. - AP Sports

11/10/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Houston at Tulane, Nov. 10 Houston hasn't lost to Tulane in the Superdome since 2000, and this week doesn't appear to be a streak breaker. The Cougars are hoping to beat up on the Green Wave enough to enter the top 10 of the AP top 25, USA Today Coaches' top 25 and BCS rankings heading into the team's Nov. 19 showdown with SMU. KEYS TO THE GAME: For one more week at least, Houston shouldn't have much of a problem scoring enough points to not worry in the slightest about what Tulane's offense does. The Cougars would like to get a good early lead to give seniors some second-half rest in preparation for the final two regular-season games, which are the toughest of the season vs. SMU and at Tulsa. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Case Keenum - The senior quarterback now has all the records everyone was waiting for him to get. It's not likely he'll now tank it, but it will be a different feel Nov. 10 at Tulane for the first time all season knowing he is no longer in pursuit of the NCAA all-time touchdown passes, total offense or passing yardage records, which have taken up a large portion of the program's weekly press packet all season. Keenum knows there is little if any chance of winning a Heisman Trophy, but if ever a non-AQ player deserved an invite, the numbers Keenum is putting up this season are worthy. - The Sports Xchange

11/05/2011 - Case Keenum threw for 407 yards to become the most prolific passer in NCAA history and he added his first two rushing touchdowns of the season to lead No. 14 Houston past UAB 56-13 on Saturday night. Keenum passed Timmy Chang's career record of 17,072 yards passing for Hawaii from 2000-04. Keenum finished the game with 17,212 yards passing. Houston (9-0 overall, 5-0 Conference USA) has won its first nine games for the first time in school history. It also was 8-0 in 1979 and 1990. Keenum completed 39 of 44 passes for 407 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The senior completed a 16-yard pass to Justin Johnson in the third quarter to pass Chang's mark. Kennum tied Chang's record with a 26-yard pass to Johnson on the previous play. Keenum, who threw nine TD passes against Rice last week, completed his first 11 passes against UAB (1-8, 1-5). He began the night 267 yards away from matching Chang's mark. The quarterback, being pushed by Houston for Heisman Trophy consideration, already holds the NCAA career records for TD passes and total offense. He has passed for more than 400 yards in five games this season. He has passed for 34 touchdowns with only three interceptions. - AP Sports

11/05/2011 - Case Keenum has passed Timmy Chang to become the most prolific passer in NCAA history. Keenum, the Houston senior, completed a 16-yard pass to Justin Johnson in the third quarter on Saturday night against UAB to pass Chang's record of 17,072 yards for Hawaii from 2000-04. Keenum began the night 267 yards away from matching Chang's mark. Keenum already holds the NCAA career records for TD passes and total offense for No. 14 Houston. Keenum, who threw nine TD passes against Rice last week, completed his first 11 passes against UAB. - AP Sports

10/31/2011 - WEEK 9 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Houston senior QB Case Keenum had a record night as the undefeated Cougars rolled past Rice by a score of 73-34 to improve to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in Conference USA play. Keenum threw for 534 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns, marking the second-most touchdown passes in school history and the most since 1990, while also marking the most in NCAA FBS action since 2000. The Abilene, Texas, product shattered yet another NCAA record in the 39-point win, breaking the career touchdown pass mark. He surpassed former Texas Tech signal caller Graham Harrell (134 career TDs) and currently has 139 career scoring throws. Keenum tossed 11 passes that covered more than 20 yards on Thursday night, including four touchdown passes of more than 40 yards. - Conference USA football

10/30/2011 - WEEK 9 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Case Keenum, Houston: Houston quarterback Case Keenum passed for 534 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns as the 18th-ranked Cougars defeated Conference USA-rival Rice, 73-34. Keenum completed 24-of-37 passes, including five for touchdowns of 30-plus yards, as Houston remained unbeaten (8-0, 4-0 C-USA). Keenum also became the FBS career leader in touchdown passes (139). - Walter Camp Award

10/28/2011 - Houston's Case Keenum threw nine touchdown passes to set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for career TD tosses as the 18th-ranked Cougars overcame a slow start in a 73-34 win over Rice on a rain soaked Thursday night. Keenum threw an interception and had a fumble returned for a touchdown in the first quarter in heavy rain as Rice built a 17-7 lead. The rain subsided and Keenum and the Cougars got going after that. They outscored Rice 45-3 to take a 52-20 lead by early in the third quarter and cruised to the easy victory to remain undefeated. Keenum, who became the FBS career leader in total offense last week, has 139 career touchdown passes. - AP Sports

10/27/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Rice at Houston, Oct. 27 Houston looks to match its best start in school history and improve to 8-0 on the season while also avenging last year's embarrassing 34-31 loss to the Owls. Rice, meanwhile, always plays up when the Bayou Bucket is on the line. KEYS TO THE GAME: The key for Houston's offense is to not change a thing. Keep piling on the points and hope it's enough to make up for the hot-and-cold Houston defense. The Cougars' defense has been able to force turnovers this year and is off the charts in terms of getting tackles for loss. The reality is it will take another several dominating defensive performances to erase the memories of some of this unit's stinkers from this year. SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Houston continues to lead the nation in total offense and has yet to score fewer than 35 points in a game this season. It's hard to find flaws in what the Cougars are doing on that side of the ball. Teams have added defensive backs and tried to get pressure on QB Case Keenum with just down linemen, others have gone all out with blitzing and made pressure the No. 1 priority. It hasn't mattered. With Keenum in the zone he's in now, there's a reason he's about to be the game's all-time passing leader. - The Sports Xchange

10/27/2011 - Houston quarterback Case Keenum has set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for career touchdown passes with 135. Keenum entered Thursday's game with 130 and found Charles Sims on a 41-yard pass in the third quarter to set the record and put No. 18 Houston ahead of Rice 45-20. He hit Patrick Edwards on a 57-yard pass for his first touchdown at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter Tyron Carrier caught one for 21 yards and Edwards grabbed the third one for 64 yards. Justin Johnson's 18-yard reception just before halftime tied the record. Keenum, who became the FBS career leader in total offense last week, moved ahead of former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for the record for TD passes. - AP Sports

10/27/2011 - The Cougars were pleased to jump up two spots from No. 19 to No. 17 in the latest BCS rankings. The team won't talk about it much, but there is a genuine belief, even if some think it is far-fetched, that a run-the-table finish to 13-0, a C-USA championship game victory and finishing the season No. 1 in the nation in total offense (as it appears the team could do with ease), could be enough to get the Cougars high enough in the BCS rankings to actually earn an elusive BCS Bowl berth. Along with fellow 7-0 team Boise State, Houston is one of only two non-BCS conference programs ranked in the BCS top 25. QB Case Keenum, who on Oct. 22 became NCAA football's all-time total offense leader, was named a semifinalist for the 2011 Davey O'Brien Award given annually to the best quarterback in the country. Through seven games played, Keenum has completed 194-of-266 passes (72.9 percent) for 2,685 yards, 23 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The 2,685 passing yards for Keenum is more than all but two FBS programs this season (Oklahoma State has 2,712 passing yards, and Texas Tech has thrown for 2,686 yards). Keenum was an O'Brien Award finalist in 2009 and joins Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore as past finalists on this year's semifinalist list. - The Sports Xchange

10/27/2011 - Thanks to sixth-year senior Case Keenum being in a zone unlike any in college football this season, albeit against competition light years less than most major programs have been facing, the Houston Cougars are on pace for an 8,400-yard season. Through seven games this year, Houston has 4,243 yards of total offense. At the current pace of 606.14 yards of offense per game, and assuming the 7-0 Cougars play in both the C-USA championship game and a bowl game, Houston is on pace for 8,484 yards of total offense this year (7,879 if they don't play in the C-USA title game). "It's a great spot to be in," Keenum said. "We practice at that level and try to get into a groove and stay there." In 2010, Oregon led the nation in total offense with 530.69 yards per game, and only two teams Nevada (7,268) and Hawaii (7,009) had more than 7,000 yards of total offense, both doing so in 14-game seasons. Houston had 7,887 yards in 14 games in 2009 and 7,316 yards in a 13-game season in 2008. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2011 - Houston quarterback Case Keenum became the Football Bowl Subdivision's all-time leader in total offense in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Marshall. Keenum, a senior in his sixth season, came into the game needing 130 yards to eclipse the record (16,910 yards) set by Hawaii's Tim Chang from 2000-04. He moved past Chang's mark on a 30-yard pass to Justin Johnson with 3:56 left in the quarter. Keenum was granted a sixth year of eligibility after tearing a ligament in his right knee early last season. He's also within reach of the all-time records for passing yards and touchdown throws. - AP Sports

10/22/2011 - Case Keenum hoisted the game ball at midfield, turned to his teammates gathered behind him and smiled to the applauding fans. A few minutes later, he was already looking ahead to the next game-and milestone. Keenum became the Football Bowl Subdivision's career leader in total offense on Saturday, throwing for 376 yards and tying his career high with six touchdown passes in No. 21 Houston's 63-28 win over Marshall. The senior quarterback needed 130 yards to eclipse the record (16,910 yards) set by Hawaii's Tim Chang from 2000-04. He moved past Chang on a 30-yard pass to Justin Johnson with 3:56 left in the first quarter. "It's awesome, it's incredible," Keenum said. "It's very special, to be in a place like this, in front of a home crowd, and to be able to do that. Nobody else has been able to do that. It means a lot to me." Keenum completed 24 of 28 passes-including 15 in a row during one stretch - and also crept closer to the major college football career records for passing yards and touchdown throws. He needs 802 passing yards to move ahead of Chang's record (17,072) and five TD passes to eclipse the mark (134) set by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell from 2005-08. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Case Keenum was 30 of 37 for 304 yards and three touchdowns in just over three quarters to lead Houston to a 56-3 win over East Carolina on Saturday night. Patrick Edwards caught 12 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, Charles Sims rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns to lead Houston (6-0, 2-0 C-USA). Houston had 572 total yards. Dominique Davis was 13 of 23 passing for 169 yards and three interceptions and Lance Lewis caught five passes for 73 yards for East Carolina (1-4, 1-1 C-USA). Torrance Hunt had 64 yards on 11 carries for the Pirates. Keenum passed former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for second on the NCAA all-time passing yards list and now has 15,895 yards. He broke out of a tie for third with former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer of BYU on the all-time touchdown passes list and now has 124 for his career. Houston's defense finished with four interceptions and nine sacks and held the Pirates to 284 total yards, including 21 rushing yards. - AP Sports

09/30/2011 - Case Keenum threw for 471 yards and two touchdowns and Charles Sims ran for 111 yards and had an 84-yard scoring reception in Houston's 49-42 victory over UTEP on Thursday night. Keenum completed 30 of 46 passes to help the Cougars improve to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in Conference USA. Sims had 12 carries and two rushing touchdowns - 40- and 4-yard runs in the second quarter - and finished with two catches for 90 yards. Michael Hayes added 100 yards rushing on 10 carries and also scored. Patrick Edwards led the Cougars in receiving with eight catches for 144 yards. Joe Banyard ran for 240 yards and a touchdown for UTEP (2-3, 0-2), and Nick Lamaison completed 19 of 29 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Banyard had a 68-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in the third quarter to pull the Miners within three at 38-35. Houston's Matt Hogan made a 29-yard field goal early in the fourth, Keenum added his 84-yard scoring strike to Sims with 9:42 left and connected with Justin Jonson on a 2-point conversion to make it 49-35. UTEP cut it to seven on Leilyon Myers 2-yard run with 6:21 to go. The Miners had a chance to tie it or take the lead, but Mike Edwards failed to control Lamaison's fourth-down pass in the end zone with 54 seconds left. - AP Sports

09/29/2011 - Houston enters C-USA play Sept. 29 at UTEP one spot out of the USA Today top 25 poll as the top vote getter in the "others receiving votes" category. Houston received 70 points to No. 25 Michigan State's 153. In the AP poll, Houston has 38 points and trails Michigan State (51) in the "others receiving votes" realm. No. 25 Arizona State had 112 points in that poll. As of Sept. 25, Houston was ranked No. 1 on the C-USA weekly stat sheet in scoring offense (44.2), total offense (585.0), passing offense (446.2), passing efficiency (169.8), punting (44.1), field-goal percentage (1.000, 3-of-3, tied with Tulsa), PATs (24), first downs (116) and third-down conversion percent (60.3). The team ranked last on only one category: Opponents' fourth-down conversion percentage (71.4 percent). - The Sports Xchange

09/29/2011 - Sixth-year senior QB Case Keenum certainly is no stranger to his Sept. 29 opponent, the UTEP Miners. This will be the fifth time Keenum has faced the Miners in his college career, and he can thank this series for almost 10 percent of his near record-setting career passing numbers. Last year before he tore his ACL in Week Three at UCLA, Keenum torched the Miners for 279 yards in less than three quarters of play. Through his first four games against the Miners, he's passed for 1,411 yards, nearly 10 percent of his career total of 15,120 yards, which is No. 3 all-time in NCAA history. Keenum has also tossed nine touchdowns compared to just one interception against the Miners in his career. "I think that's illegal, and if our compliance people had any guts at all, they would turn the athletic director from Houston in for violations," UTEP head coach Mike Price joked in response to a question about having to face Keenum five times. "That Mack Rhoades guy we know real well and know what kind of guy he is, so we'd better double check that thing." Price also said he thinks Keenum is "one of the best I have ever coached against or played against."As for Keenum, as you might imagine, he loves the UTEP/Houston series. "I always enjoy playing UTEP," Keenum said. "We've had back-and-forth games ever since I can remember, and that's going back to even when I was a recruit. Jordan Palmer was the quarterback there and Kevin (Kolb) was the quarterback here. I don't know if I'd call it a rivalry, but it's always a good game." - The Sports Xchange

09/29/2011 - QB Case Keenum continues chipping away at the national records for career passing yards and total offense. His 404 yards of total offense (415 passing, minus-11 rushing) gives Keenum an even 16,000 yards of total offense in his career and he now sits alone in second place all-time in FBS history, trailing only Hawaii's Timmy Chang with 16,910 yards of total offense. Keenum moved past Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell (15,599 yards, 2005-08) and Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour (15,853, 2006-09). The 415 passing yards also moved Keenum past BYU's Ty Detmer (15,031 yards, 1988-91) into third place all-time for passing yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/29/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Houston at UTEP, Sept. 29 - The all-time series is tied 4-4, but Houston is 4-2 since UTEP joined C-USA. In those six games, the teams have combined for 457 points (76.2 points per game) and 6,109 yards of total offense (1,018 per game). KEYS TO THE GAME: Houston expects to win this game even if its defense struggles. That's how much confidence the offense has right now. But that was the same attitude Houston, then ranked No. 12, went to El Paso with in 2009 before losing to UTEP. Houston's defense will have to pressure UTEP's quarterback and continue shutting down the Miners' nearly non-existent run game to keep them off the scoreboard. - The Sports Xchange

09/25/2011 - Case Keenum threw for 415 yards and two touchdowns in just two and a half quarters of play, and Houston recorded its first shutout since 1999 in a 56-0 rout of Georgia State on Saturday. Justin Johnson caught six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars (4-0), while Bryce Beall rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Hayes had 58 yards rushing and a score. Keenum, who was 29 for 34 through the air, passed former BYU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer for third on the NCAA all-time passing yardage list, and passed former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for third on the NCAA career total offense list. Drew Little was 11 of 24 for 117 yards, and Travis Evans rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries for Georgia State (1-3), an FCS football program in its second year of existence. - AP Sports

09/25/2011 - Case Keenum threw for 415 yards and two touchdowns in just two and a half quarters of play, and Houston recorded its first shutout since 1999 in a 56-0 rout of Georgia State on Saturday. Justin Johnson caught six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars (4-0), while Bryce Beall rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Hayes had 58 yards rushing and a score. Keenum, who was 29 for 34 through the air, passed former BYU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer for third on the NCAA all-time passing yardage list, and passed former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for third on the NCAA career total offense list. Drew Little was 11 of 24 for 117 yards, and Travis Evans rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries for Georgia State (1-3), an FCS football program in its second year of existence. - AP Sports

09/19/2011 - WEEK 3 CONFERENCE USA CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Houston's Case Keenum orchestrated the biggest comeback in school history in Saturday's win at Louisiana Tech, completing 25-of-40 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns to overcome a 27-point third quarter deficit. The Cougars trailed 34-7 with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter when Keenum went to work, finding Patrick Edwards for a 50-yard touchdown strike. Keenum led the Cougars on three fourth quarter scoring drives that covered 228 yards in just over seven minutes, capped off by a 32-yard pass to Edwards in the back of the end zone to claim the lead with only 1:36 remaining. With Saturday's win, Keenum has engineered three of the top four biggest comebacks in Houston history, and eight come-from-behind victories when the Cougars trailed in the fourth quarter. - Conference USA football

09/18/2011 - Case Keenum led Houston to 28 unanswered points in a furious second-half rally that kept the Cougars undefeated with a 35-34 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night. Trailing 34-7 near the end of the third quarter, Keenum found Patrick Edwards for a 50-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 34-14. Touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards by Bryce Beall cut it to 34-28. With less than two minutes remaining, Keenum connected with E.J. Smith for 26 yards, then found Edwards again for a 32-yard scoring catch that put the Cougars (3-0) ahead to stay. The senior quarterback completed 25 of 40 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns. After Keenum's 54-yard scoring pass to Michael Hayes in the second quarter brought Houston within 10-7, Louisiana Tech (1-2) scored the next 24 points, including two rushing touchdowns by Ray Holley. - AP Sports

09/11/2011 - Next weekend will mark one year since a devastating knee injury to Houston quarterback Case Keenum could have ended his college career. Now, two games into a rare sixth season of NCAA eligibility, Keenum is getting back into his passing groove. While Keenum insists he's still readapting to the routine of preparing and then playing games, he threw for 458 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-23 victory at North Texas on Saturday night. That included 284 yards and four TDs on the only drives he played after halftime as the Cougars (2-0) pushed a 20-17 lead to 48-17 to spoil North Texas' debut in its new campus stadium. With his 26th victory as Houston's starter, Keenum matched Kevin Kolb for the most in school history. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - This story has played out before for Houston Cougars football fans. It took only one game into the 2011 season to re-affirm the perception of the Cougars as a team that has as potent an offense as anyone in the nation, capable of dropping 30 points on you in a half if you aren't careful. But the same Sept. 3 opener against UCLA that showed off the Houston offense also again showed a defense that will struggle to keep opposing teams from finding the end zone. It's something Houston defensive coordinator Brian Stewart knows the nation will be watching this season, as Houston has BCS-busting hopes and a schedule that lines up pretty well to start moving up in the rankings - throughout the first month of the season, at least. The fact that Houston beat UCLA 38-34 wasn't enough for Stewart, who had a stern message to his defense after the win as they prepare for Week Two opponent North Texas. "Whether we win the game or lose the game, let's play to the standards that we talked about and all agreed upon," Stewart said in the Houston Chronicle. "I think a lot of times in wins, you feel like as a player, you can say 'We played good enough to win,' or when you lose, you say 'We played good because we did this.' I think if you have standards to uphold, you uphold your standards, win, lose or draw." - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - Case Keenum threw for 398 yards with five touchdowns, three in a nine-minute span of the third quarter when the Houston Cougars finally broke away in a 48-23 victory Saturday night to spoil North Texas' first game in its new stadium. Houston (2-0) led only 20-17 at the break over North Texas (0-2), which has won only 10 games the past six-plus seasons. Keenum emerged strong after halftime, throwing TD passes of 32 and 17 yards to Justin Johnson on the Cougars' first two drives of the second half, then hit Patrick Edwards for a 46-yard score on the next one to stretch the lead to 41-17. Keenum finished 23-of-36 passing. North Texas played its first home game under new coach Dan McCarney. Keenum, given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after his early season-ending knee injury last year, has already thrown for 708 yards and seven TDs. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - In his first game back on the field since tearing his ACL in a Sept. 18, 2010, game at UCLA, sixth-year senior QB Case Keenum lit it up last week in a rematch with the Bruins. His 30-of-40 passing performance for 310 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-34 win over UCLA was good enough to snag the first C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award. For good measure, Keenum tested that knee by running the ball several times and gaining 30 yards. His 340 yards of total offense were good to move him into fifth place on the NCAA career total offense chart with 14,788 yards, passing football greats like former Hawaii QB Colt Brennan and former BYU QB Ty Detmer. Former Texas great Colt McCoy (14,824) is next up on the list. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - The fact is the UCLA Bruins racked up 554 yards of total offense on the Cougars, and despite the triumphant return of sixth-year senior quarterback Case Keenum, whose heroics led Houston to 31 first-half points and earned him C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors, the Bruins were still very much in the game in the closing minutes. While Stewart hopes his defense doesn't have to rely on key stops down the stretch all season, he did point out that he feels his unit stepped up in crunch time to stop the Bruins when needed. "I think our guys understand the urgency," Stewart said in the Houston Chronicle of the late stops. "We just have to be consistent." - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Houston at North Texas, Sept. 10 -- The two teams have played 13 times in the series, but this will be the first in 13 years since Houston knocked off the Mean Green in 1998. The Cougars would like nothing more than a confidence booster for its defense this week, and keeping the Mean Green out of the end zone will be a focal point. KEYS TO THE GAME: Week One was the much bigger test for the Cougars. Obviously, head coach Kevin Sumlin doesn't want to look past North Texas, but barring a mental collapse, there is little cause for concern against the Mean Green. If the offense gets into a rhythm with QB Case Keenum, the Cougars should easily get well into the 30s on the scoreboard (don't be surprised to see much more, however), and the defense has been challenged by its coaching staff to step up this week. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - CONFERENCE USA WEEK 1 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Houston senior QB Case Keenum has been named Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 310 yards and two TDs to lead the Cougars to a 38-34 win over UCLA : In his first game back since suffering a season-ending injury a year ago, Keenum threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns in Houston's 38-34 victory over UCLA on Saturday. Keenum completed 75 percent of his passes with 30 completions on 40 attempts and committed no turnovers. Keenum, who added 30 yards on the ground, currently ranks ninth nationally in total offense (340 yards). He orchestrated six scoring drives, all covering more than 55 yards, while leading two drives before the half that covered 130 total yards in a combined one minute and 20 seconds. Houston also converted 8-of-13 third-down conversions with Keenum at the helm. This is the 10th all-time player of the week honor for Keenum, more than any football player in C-USA history. - Conference USA football

09/04/2011 - UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel promised he'd use two quarterbacks in the Bruins' opener, just not like this. Starter Kevin Prince left Saturday's game in Houston with a concussion, and backup Richard Brehaut played well in relief, completing 17 of 26 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns in the Bruins' 38-34 loss to the Cougars. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and UCLA's offense produced 554 yards. The issue was UCLA's defense, which could never stop Case Keenum and Houston's fast-paced attack. Keenum completed 30 of 40 passes without an interception in his first game since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament early in a loss to UCLA last September in the Rose Bowl. The NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility in January, allowing Keenum to resume his pursuit of several NCAA records. "Case Keenum was terrific, and we fell into too big of a hole to dig ourselves out of unfortunately," said UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel. "We had our chances, and in the first game, mistakes got us. It's a shame because there were a lot of things that went well today. We have to address the things that need fixing and get back to work and hopefully, play a lot better in our home opener." Prince, who started and finished 3 for 3 with 58 yards, left in the second quarter with a concussion when Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden upended him on a scramble along the sideline. - AP Sports

09/04/2011 - Case Keenum threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns in his return from knee surgery, Tyron Carrier caught 10 passes for 138 yards and Houston beat UCLA 38-34 on Saturday. Keenum completed 30 of 40 passes without an interception in his first game since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament early in a loss to UCLA last September in the Rose Bowl. The NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility in January, allowing Keenum to resume his pursuit of several NCAA records. He looked like his old self, and so did the Cougars' powerful offense, gaining 469 total yards. UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince left in the second quarter with a concussion and Richard Brehaut replaced him. Brehaut went 17 for 26 for 264 yards and two touchdowns. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: UCLA at Houston, Sept. 3 - The players and coaches don't want to give UCLA any bulletin board material, but this is one of the biggest season openers in years for Houston. Not only do the Bruins represent the only BCS conference foe on the schedule, but also represent the team that derailed the high expectations of the 2010 season with last year's win in the Rose Bowl that also claimed the seasons of Houston's top two quarterbacks. KEYS TO THE GAME: Houston can beat anyone on its schedule this year if the offense returns to the pre-Keenum injury form and if the defense can rise to mediocre as opposed to bad, which it too often has been in key games in recent years. The offense is more than happy to get in a shootout with any team and if this week's game with UCLA is played in the 30s, Houston likes its chances. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Case Keenum - He's back under center (or more appropriately in the shotgun), but is he really back? There has been almost a full calendar year between live snaps for Keenum who tore his ACL and ended the his 2010 season in last year's loss to UCLA. He's always handled pressure well, but never like this. Not only is he returning from an injury, he's carrying the hopes of the entire season on his shoulders (and knees). - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2011 - He has more of a basketball point guard build and his arm strength and athleticism might grade at below-average levels for NFL prospects. Pro evaluators need to see Keenum deliver when facing pro-caliber defenses, and make certain he can thrive under the bright lights for, as of now, they pocket reservations based on his six-interception game in the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force in 2009 and last year's outing against UCLA. That Bruins defense had two top 50 draft picks in 2011 - Ayers (39th overall, Titans) and free safety Rahim Moore (45th, Broncos). When the NCAA ruled he was eligible to return for 2011, Keenum had barely begun seeking feedback from the NFL and considered how to put together a pro day and strengthen his NFL resume. Because rehab and getting healthy were the first order of business, he didn't contact an agent or officially apply for evaluation from the NFL draft advisory board as he had after the 2009 season with Sumlin's endorsement. As a pro prospect, Keenum measures up to Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, the former Cougars quarterback drafted 36th overall by the Eagles in 2007. He's accurate, field fast when running in a straight line and earns plaudits from coaches for his makeup in terms of cerebral approach and leadership ability. Through the pro scouting lens, Keenum comes up short in multiple areas. For starters, he doesn't have size or a Brett Favre-like missile launcher for a throwing arm. "I can't change size," said Keenum. "I think I've got a lot of other good qualities if you want to call (height) a downside, that'd make up for it. I am who I am, confident in my abilities and do what I do. There's some good quarterbacks out there doing pretty well that aren't 6-5 or the prototypical size. Drew Brees is one of them and he's got a Super Bowl ring to prove it." - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Case Keenum - If he's healthy, he returns not only a supreme knowledge of the offense and a leadership to the team, but the swagger the Cougars played with under his guidance for the previous few years. If his timing is off, if his knee isn't healthy, if he gets hurt again, the Cougars aren't very good. But Keenum, who is within striking distance of several all-time passing records in the NCAA history books, swears he's healthy and the Cougars success this season depends on that being true. QUOTE TO NOTE: "You can't win stuff like that without having a good team behind you. I know I do. I have a great team behind me." Houston QB Case Keenum on his name being mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - It's been said several times in various fashions since the end of last season, but Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin reiterated July 31 exactly why this was the best offseason the program has had in his tenure, which enters year four this fall. "This is the best recruiting class I've had," Sumlin said. "And it's because Case Keenum is coming back." There is no doubt the single biggest factor leading to the Cougars being selected to win the C-USA West Division crown in a preseason league media poll was the NCAA's January decision to let Keenum, a fringe Heisman candidate and potential all-time passing leader, return for a sixth year of eligibility. Keenum tore his ACL in the team's third game of the season in 2010 against UCLA (a team the Cougars coincidentally open their 2011 season with). Without their senior leader, the one-time BCS-busting hopefuls simply weren't that good and failed to reach bowl eligibility. Keenum is back and within striking distance of taking over several career passing records in the NCAA history book. Of course that's assuming he's healthy. He swears he is and said it was just a run of the mill offseason getting his leg healthy again. "There's no Rocky montage," Keenum said of his rehab. "It's not like in the movies." - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - Keenum's return not only makes the Cougars the team to beat in Conference USA's West Division but also gives C-USA arguably the deepest, most talented group of quarterbacks in the nation. C-USA returns four quarterbacks that threw for at least 3,000 yards last season. Keenum is not included in that group but you certainly can make a strong case for Case as a dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidate. In his past two full seasons - 2008, '09 - he averaged 396 yards passing a game, while throwing for 88 touchdowns and only 26 interceptions. "He's just a surgeon with the football," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. "He could put the ball wherever he needed." For his career, Keenum has thrown for 13,586 yards and 107 touchdowns and is only 3,487 yards and 28 touchdowns from setting the NCAA career records in both categories. Based on his sophomore and junior seasons, Keenum should break both records by Houston's ninth game at UAB on Nov. 5. As staggering as those numbers are, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin is even more impressed by Keenum's attitude. Instead of moping on the bench after tearing his ACL against UCLA, and possibly seeing his college career end, Keenum was on the sideline going over the play list and helping freshman quarterback David Piland. "As excited as we are [to have him back], he's even more excited," Sumlin said. "He's a tremendous player, a tremendous person that does everything right. He's a great team guy, he's already graduated and in grad school. He got married. He's pretty much a grown man. "We not only got a great player back, but an extra coach." - Brett McMurphy, CBSSports.com

08/23/2011 - 2011 LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Case Keenum, Quarterback, Houston, is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for excellence both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release. Keenum is the leader of the FCA worship team and this summer served as an FCA camp counselor for high-school boys. He speaks to area middle and high schools and is a regular visitor to patients at Texas Children's Hospital. Keenum signed autographs for young fans and led athletic events at Star of Hope Mission Christmas luncheon and in 2009 he was the C-USA Spirit of Service Award recipient. - Houston football

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Case Keenum, SR, Houston, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Entering his final collegiate season, Keenum is poised to become the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision career leader in total offense, passing yards and touchdown passes. He enters the 2011 campaign with 13,586 passing yards, 107 touchdown passes and 14,448 yards of total offense. The Abilene, Texas, native also has posted 22 wins as the Cougars' starting quarterback and has a chance to become the school's all-time winningest quarterback in school history. During his outstanding career, Keenum has been named to eight All-America teams and been a finalist for three national offensive awards. - Houston football

08/11/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA TEAM (COACHES): QB Case Keenum, Sr., Houston, has been selected to the Preseason All-Conference USA Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's coaches. Keenum, who has been named to eight All-America teams and has been a finalist for three national offensive awards, was the 2009 Conference USA Most Valuable Player, the 2008 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and the league's 2007 Freshman of the Year. In addition to his athletic achievements, Keenum is a five-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. - Houston football

08/01/2011 - Houston coach Kevin Sumlin sat down for breakfast with his star quarterback Case Keenum on Sunday morning. Very quickly, he realized their conversation was unlike most between a college coach and player. "He's a grown man," Sumlin said laughing. "He's married. He's graduated from college. He's got all the same problems that somebody like me or you has." Such are the luxuries of having a 23-year-old, sixth-year quarterback. And while Keenum might have some new grown-up problems, so do opposing defenses in Conference USA after the NCAA granted the prolific passer another season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Keenum headlines a deep and talented group of quarterbacks in Conference USA, several of whom gathered on Sunday for Conference USA Media Day. Tulsa senior G.J. Kinne, who was C-USA's offensive player of the year last season, returns after throwing for 3,650 yards and 31 touchdowns. So does Central Florida's Jeff Godfrey, the conference freshman of the year who threw for 2,159 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Knights won the championship. But no one's resume can touch Keenum's. He already ranks in the NCAA career top 10 with 14,448 career yards of total offense, 13,586 passing yards, 107 touchdown passes and 1,118 pass completions. He's one of only two players in Division I history to have multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons. "He's just a surgeon with the football," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. "And when he lines up on the field, his team believes in him. You can feel it. He's got the kind of presence you want in a quarterback." Keenum was granted a sixth season by the NCAA after tearing his ACL against UCLA in the third game of last season on Sept. 18. He wasn't able to go through spring practice, but says the knee is nearing full strength. - AP Sports

07/28/2011 - Houston senior quarterback Case Keenum was named Conference USA's preseason offensive player of the year after missing most of 2010 with a knee injury. Keenum was awarded a sixth year of eligibility after tearing his ACL during the Cougars' third game of the season against UCLA. He was C-USA's Most Valuable Player in 2009 after throwing for 5,671 yards. His 14,448 yards of total offense, 13,586 passing yards, 107 touchdown passes and 1,118 completions all rank in the NCAA's career top 10. Marshall senior defensive end Vinny Curry was named the preseason defensive player of the year, while Tulsa senior return specialist Damaris Johnson was named preseason special teams player of the year. The awards were chosen by C-USA's 12 head coaches. - AP Sports

07/28/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON C-USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Case Keenum, the 2009 C-USA MVP and the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year, returns for a sixth season this fall after missing nearly all of last season with a knee injury. Keenum enters this season on pace to break NCAA career records for total offense, passing yards, touchdowns, pass attempts and completions. After two-plus games played in 2010, Keenum has 14,448 career yards of total offense (7th), 13,586 passing yards (5th), 107 touchdown passes (8th), 1,626 pass attempts (10th), 1,118 pass completions (7th). He is one of only two players in NCAA Division I history to record multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons and set a UH single-season record with 5,671 passing yards in 2009, the third-highest passing total in NCAA Division I-FBS single-season history. - C-USA football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Case Keenum, QB, Houston, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. As he prepares for his final collegiate season, Keenum continues his march to the top of the NCAA records book in total offense, passing yards and touchdowns thrown. He enters the 2011 campaign with 13,586 passing yards, 107 passing touchdowns and 14,448 yards of total offense. The Abilene, Texas, native also has posted 22 wins as the Cougars' starting quarterback during his career and has a chance to become the program's all-time winningest quarterback in school history. During his outstanding career, Keenum has been named to eight All-America teams and has been a finalist for three national offensive awards, including the 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. - Houston football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Case Keenum, Houston, C-USA, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. As he prepares for his final collegiate season, Keenum continues his march to the top of the NCAA records book in total offense, passing yards and touchdowns thrown. He enters the 2011 campaign with 13,586 passing yards, 107 passing touchdowns and 14,448 yards of total offense. The Abilene, Texas, native also has posted 22 wins as the Cougars' starting quarterback during his career and has a chance to become the program's all-time winningest quarterback in school history. - Houston football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Case Keenum, Houston, QB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Keenum will be on the radar for every offensive award as the signal caller closes in on the NCAA all-time records for total offense, passing yards and touchdowns thrown. Keenum has been a mainstay on the NCAA lists for offense after leading the nation in total offense in both 2008 and 2009. He has won 22 games as the starting quarterback at UH and has a chance to become the all-time winningest quarterback in school history. In his career, Keenum has been named to eight All-America teams and has been a finalist for three national offensive awards including the prestigious Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He was the 2009 Conference USA Most Valuable Player, the 2008 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and the 2007 league Freshman of the Year. On top of the athletic awards, Keenum is a five-time Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient. - Houston football

06/13/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Case Keenum - The sixth-year senior who was granted another year of eligibility after tearing his ACL three games into 2010, will again be under a national microscope as he narrows in on college football's all-time passing record. Keenum knows the Houston offense as good as any player possibly could know their offense and with him back under center, or in the shotgun, the Cougars should be again throwing for 400-500 yards per game and competing for a league title. - The Sports Xchange

04/09/2011 - Throughout the four weeks of spring practice the Houston Cougars have gone through, quarterbacks David Piland and Cotton Turner have worked and prepared as if they are going to start. Neither of them will as they enter the 2011 season with the return of senior Case Keenum, but if last year taught the Cougars anything, it's to expect the unexpected. "Spring time is a good time for young guys to come along that you'll have to count on in the fall and we're going to have to count on everybody as we found out last year," Keenum said. In a span of fewer than two quarters last season, quarterback went from being the Houston Cougars' strongest position - by virtue of having Keenum - to their thinnest in terms of experience. But within the last five weeks, it might have become their deepest as Piland and Turner have garnered the lion's share of repetitions heading into today's annual Red and White game at 2 p.m. at Robertson Stadium. Keenum, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, has been on limited duty throughout spring practice. That's given an opportunity for Piland and Turner to compete for the backup spot and get better. The pair have taken advantage of it. - Sam Khan Jr., The Houston Chronicle

 
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03/20/2012 - Keenum was one of 11 Cougars showcasing their skills for more than 30 scouts representing 22 NFL teams at UH's pro day at Yeoman Fieldhouse. For the 24-year-old, Monday was about showcasing his true abilities after being hampered by a hamstring injury at the NFL scouting combine in February. The Abilene native revealed that he strained his right hamstring running his second 40-yard dash at the combine and that it affected his throwing during drills. On Monday, there were no ill effects from the injury, as Keenum whizzed pass after pass to receivers on a variety of patterns, showed capable arm strength and displayed his athleticism with a 4.31-second time in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.89 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also put up a solid 18 repetitions on the bench press. "It was very important for me to show these guys that (at the combine), that was not me," Keenum said. "I have very high standards for myself and I believe in my abilities tremendously and I think I wasn't at my best. I wanted to go out there and compete. That's what I do." Receiver Patrick Edwards, who is thought of as the Cougars' most appealing draft prospect, performed for scouts for the first time since January, when he did so at the Senior Bowl. Still feeling the effects of a quadriceps injury that he suffered that week, Edwards wasn't his best, running a 4.59-second 40-yard dash and missing the signature explosion during routes that he showed on the field for UH, but he felt it important to compete, regardless of his health status. "I'm not 100 percent so I can't run my best," Edwards said. "But I wanted to come out here and show the teams that I could compete and fight through an injury." - Sam Khan Jr., The Houston Chronicle

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