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Case Keenum

Keenum during gameplay against the Air Force Falcons in 2008
Houston CougarsNo. 7
Quarterback RedshirtJunior
Major: Kinesiology
Date of birth: February 17, 1988 (1988-02-17) (age 21)
Place of birth: Abilene, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career history
High school: Wylie High School
Abilene, Texas
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards
  • C-USA Freshman of the Year (2007)
  • C-USA All-Freshmen Team (2007)
  • C-USA Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • Second-team All-America (2009)
  • C-USA First-team All-Conference (2009)
  • C-USA Most Valuable Player (2009)
  • Sammy Baugh Trophy (2009)
  • Quarterback Trophy, CFPA (2009)
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Casey Austin "Case" Keenum (born February 17, 1988 in Abilene, Texas) is the starting quarterback for the Houston Cougars football team. A prolific passer, Keenum has set several school records at the University of Houston, and plays as a redshirt junior. Keenum ranked first nationally in total offense and second in total passing yards for the 2008 college football season.[1][2] He received weekly honors from the College Football Performance Awards on 8 occasions and was named National Performer of the Week once during 2009.[3] As a result of his on-field contributions to Houston's success, Keenum was named 2009 National Quarterback Trophy recipient of the College Football Performance Awards.[4] He is only the second quarterback in Division I FBS football history to have earned greater than 5,000 passing yards in back to back seasons.


High school career

Keenum played football for Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas. During his high school career, he passed for 6,783 yards and 48 touchdowns and rushed for 41 touchdowns and 2,000 yards. Logging 42 starts at quarterback, Keenum posted a career record of 31-11, including a 17-14 victory over Cuero on Dec. 10, 2004 for the Class 3A Division I state championship, Wylie's first and only state title to date. In addition to being recruited by Houston, Keenum was recruited by Baylor, North Texas, and UTEP, although Houston was the only university to offer a scholarship. Keenum also earned varsity letters in basketball and track during his high school career.

College career


2006 season

Keenum began his college career at the University of Houston during the 2006 season. During his freshman season, decorated senior Kevin Kolb held the starting quarterback position for the Cougars, leading the coaching staff to redshirt Keenum for the season. The 2006 Cougars won the Conference USA championship, and Kolb was drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

2007 season

In fall camp before the 2007 season, the Cougars held a de facto quarterback competition to fill the starting spot vacated by the departure of four-year starter Kevin Kolb. The competition swung between Keenum and sophomore Blake Joseph throughout two-a-days and during much of the season, with each player displaying a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Keenum made his first collegiate appearance on September 1, 2007 when the Cougars opened the season at the Oregon Ducks. He threw for 179 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-27 passing and added 47 rushing yards on nine carries against the Ducks. Against C-USA rival Tulane Green Wave in the second game, Keenum threw for 185 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-21 passing, leading Houston to a 34-10 win. In the third game of the year against the Colorado State Rams, Keenum came on in relief of starter Blake Joseph and accounted for four touchdowns.[5] For this performance, Keenum was recognized as's Division I FBS National Performer of the Week. Keenum played at quarterback in all thirteen games of the season, starting in seven. Late in the season, the UH coaching staff finally tabbed Keenum to be the regular starting quarterback over Blake Joseph. Keenum’s outstanding pocket presence and efficient passing won out in the end over Joseph’s stronger arm and running ability.

2008 season

During the 2008 season, Keenum became the second player in school history to complete over 5,000 passing yards in one season. He also led the nation in total offense, and was the national runner-up in passing yards, behind Texas Tech's Graham Harrell.[2] The Houston Cougars would show many signs of improvement as a whole, as they won their first bowl game since 1980, and defeated two nationally ranked opponents. Following the season, Keenum would win the 2008 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year award.

2009 season

Keenum led the Houston Cougars to a 10-4 record in 2009. Keenum finished the 2009 season with 48 total touchdowns and over 5800 total offensive yards. His play helped Houston upset then #5-ranked Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and later Mississippi State. Houston played East Carolina on the road in the Conference USA Championship, but lost the game in the final minute. Houston faced Air Force in a rematch of the previous year's Armed Forces Bowl. However, this time, Air Force emerged victorious. In cold, windy conditions, Keenum threw 6 interceptions in the game, and was held to only one touchdown. Keenum finished the season, though, with over 5800 yards of total offense and 48 touchdowns. As a result, he was named 2009 National Quarterback Trophy recipient of the College Football Performance Awards.[6]

College Awards

Personal life

Case Keenum spent his childhood in Abilene, Texas, and is the son of Steve Keenum who served as an offensive lineman and later as head football coach and athletic director at McMurry. He also served as head coach at Sul Ross State, offensive coordinator at Tarleton State, and offensive line coach at Hardin-Simmons.[14][15][16] The elder Keenum was known for an aggressive passing game in offensive strategy.

See also


  1. ^ "NCAA Division I-A Football Stats 2008". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-14.  
  2. ^ a b "Touchdown Club of Columbus To Honor Keenum As Player to Watch in 2009". Houston Cougars football. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  3. ^, Accessed 2 January 2010.
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  5. ^ "Football Uses Second-Half Comeback To Knock Off Colorado State 38-27". Houston Cougars athletics. 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2008-10-20.  
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  14. ^ Watson, Graham (2009-09-10). "Numbers add up for QB Keenum". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-11-04.  
  15. ^ Hairopoulos, Kate (2009-10-23). "SMU prepares for Heisman candidate Keenum". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-11-04.  
  16. ^ "Head coach Steve Keenum". McMurry Indians athletics. Retrieved 2009-11-04.  

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