Keenum To Stay For Senior Season
Jan. 13, 2010
Houston, Texas - University of Houston junior quarterback Case Keenum today announced that he would return for his senior season in 2010. Keenum had explored entering the NFL Draft, which is held in late April.
"I feel this is a very special group of guys, and we have a lot of chemistry and history together and played a lot of games over the years," Keenum said. "When you have a team like this, it's your family and you want to stay together as long as you can.
"We have a chance to do something special this season. I want to win a conference championship, win another bowl game and take a shot at the BCS. I am excited about getting back to workout in the off season and get ready for spring football."
The Cougars return nine starters from the 2009 squad that finished 10-4 and ranked No. 1 in the nation in total offense, passing yards, scoring and first downs.
As for Keenum, he led the nation in total offense (416.4 yards per game) for the second straight season, and topped all FBS quarterbacks in passing yards (405.1 ypg.), touchdown passes (44) as well as most of every other passing statistical category.
Keenum finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, Manning Award and the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year. Keenum won the Sammy Baugh Award as the nation's top passing quarterback.
Voted the MVP of Conference USA as well as a First-Team, All-C-USA selection, Keenum passed for 5,671 yards and 44 touchdowns, while completing 70.3 of his pass attempts (492-of-700). He also tacked on 158 yards rushing and four scores, and had 5,829 yards of total offense. Keenum joined Texas Tech's Graham Harrell as the only two quarterbacks in NCAA history to pass for over 5,000 yards twice in a career.
Both his passing yards (5,671) and total offense numbers (5,829) are the third-best in NCAA history for a single season.
Owning most of the Houston passing and total offense career records, Keenum enters 2010 with a shot at breaking the NCAA FBS marks in these categories. After three seasons on Cullen Blvd., Keenum goes into his senior campaign with 12,950 yards and 102 touchdowns passing, while racking up 13,741 total offensive yards and 122 touchdowns responsible for. He has completed 1,076 of 1,562 pass attempts (68.89 completion percentage) with only 36 interceptions.
The NCAA career record for passing yards is 17,072 set by Hawaii's Timmy Chang from 2000-04, and Chang holds the NCAA record for total offense with 16,910 yards. Chang also holds the record for pass attempts with 2,436, while Harrell is the all-time leader in completions with 1,403.
Houston begins its defense of its C-USA West Division title on Sept. 4, when it hosts Texas State on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.