April 30, 2009
HOUSTON -- University of Houston junior quarterback Case Keenum, sophomore running back Bryce Beall and sophomore receiver Tyron Carrier were announced as 2009 Preseason Trophy Favorites, the College Football Performance Awards announced Thursday.
The list consists of top returning performers for 14 postseason awards. The compilation is a rough watch list for 2009 - all Division I FBS college football players are eligible for trophies at their respective positions.
Keenum averaged more than 400 yards of total offense per game last season to lead the nation and was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year. The 2007 C-USA Freshman of the Year completed 67 percent of his passes (397-of-589), racking up more than 386 yards per game through the air.
With Keenum at the controls, the Cougars finished second in the FBS in total offense at 575.1 yards per game, while averaging 41.7 points per game. His efforts led Houston to its fourth straight bowl game, as the Cougars defeated Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl for the program's first bowl win in 28 years.
Named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year last season, Beall set a Houston record for rushing yards by a freshman, rushing for a team-high 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns for the 8-5 Cougars.
Beall also added 34 receptions for 496 yards and four scores, topped 100 yards rushing five times and finished the regular season with 102 points to pace UH.
The Tatum, Texas, native was named Second-Team Freshman All-America by College Football News.
Carrier established UH freshman records in both receptions (80) and receiving yards (1,026), becoming the first freshman in Cougar history to reach 1,000 yards receiving.
Carrier was second on the team with nine touchdown receptions and was named to the 2008 All-C-USA Second Team and 2008 C-USA All-Freshman Team.
The goal of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.