Feb. 6, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - University of Houston record-setting quarterback Case Keenum will be honored by The Touchdown Club of Columbus with the prestigious Award of Distinction during their 54th TDC Sports Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 7th.
Joined by five other returning college football players, Keenum has been selected as a "Player To Watch" in 2009. Besides Keenum, the others are quarterbacks Kellen Moore (Boise State) and Adam Weber (Minnesota), plus running back MiQuale Lewis (Ball State), and defensive standouts Kurt Coleman and Ross Homan of Ohio State.
"(This honor) speaks volumes of what Case has done for this football program," said second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin. "I mentioned several times during the bowl season, that we had one of the nation's top quarterbacks, and it shows when he gets selected to be a part of events like this.
"Of the three guys (Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Florida's Tim Tebow and Texas' Colt McCoy) that went to New York last fall for the Heisman Trophy presentation, Case's numbers matched up very well with those guys. He deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with those guys."
Keenum finished the 2008 season as the Football Bowl Subdivision national leader in total offense per game with his 403.2 average, while finishing second in passing yards per game at 386.2. Keenum became just the second player in UH history to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season, and he finished the year with 5,020 yards and 44 touchdowns through the air, completing 67.4 percent of his passes (397-of-589) with just 11 interceptions.
He also tacked on seven rushing touchdowns, including two versus Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in leading the Cougars to a 34-28 win over the Falcons. It was the first bowl win for Houston since a 35-0 win over Navy in the 1980 Garden State Bowl.
The 2008 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, Keenum passed for at 300 yards in a school-record 13 consecutive games before the streak was snapped in the Armed Forces Bowl. He also set an NCAA FBS record with 25 consecutive completions in games against Conference USA-rivals UTEP and Rice.
Keenum is one of eight returning offensive starters from the 2008 squad that posted an 8-5 record and 6-2 in Conference USA play.