Three Football Players Named Sporting News Preseason All-Americans

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    June 22, 2010

    HOUSTON - Three University of Houston football players were named to the Sporting News Preseason All-America Third Team, which was announced Tuesday.

    Senior quarterback Case Keenum, senior wide receiver James Cleveland and junior kick returner Tyron Carrier each earned places on the preseason squad at their respective positions.

    Keenum, a 2010 Heisman Trophy candidate, led the nation with a school-record 5,671 passing yards and 44 touchdowns last season to become only the second player in NCAA Division I-FBS history to enjoy multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons during his career.

    The Abilene, Texas, native finished as the national leader in total offense and is poised to set every career passing record in Houston history.

    When the Cougars went to the air in 2009, Cleveland was Keenum's leading target. The Houston native paced all players with 104 catches for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns. Included in those numbers was a staggering 19-catch, 241-yard performance at East Carolina during the Conference USA Championship game.

    Carrier was one of the nation's most electrifying kick returners in 2009. The Houston native returned four kickoffs for touchdowns a year ago and finished with an average of 29.0 yards per return. During the regular-season finale against Rice, he returned set the tone early by returning the opening kickoff 99 yards for a score on the way to a 73-14 Houston win.

    Now entering his third season at Houston, head coach Kevin Sumlin has posted an 18-9 record during his career and is the only coach in school history to lead his team to back-to-back bowl appearances during his first two years.

    With the Cougars' 34-28 win against Air Force during the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Sumlin guided Houston to its first bowl win in nearly three decades.



    The Cougars kick off the 2010 season at 7 p.m., Sept. 4, when they play host to Texas State on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. It will be the first of six home games for the Cougars this season.

    Robertson Stadium has become one of the nation's most intimidating venues, and the hometown fans will have plenty of chances to see the Cougars in action. Houston enters the 2010 campaign as winners of its last 15 home games, the nation's fourth-longest active home winning streak.

    Season tickets are now on sale, and fans are encouraged to buy early as tickets are going at a record pace.

    Fans can order their season tickets now by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking the Tickets link at Fans also can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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