Keenum Picks Up National Award

Sept. 7, 2009

Houston, Texas -

Fresh off another 300-yard passing performance, University of Houston junior quarterback Case Keenum was named an honorable mention Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Keenum began his junior year the same way he started his sophomore campaign:  passing for over 300 yards and leading the Cougars in a romp, this time 55-7 over Northwestern State.  In a little over two quarters of action, Keenum completed 23-of-30 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns.  He also tacked on a seven-yard touchdown run to account for five TDs on the evening.  The 300-yard effort was the 14th in his last 15 games at quarterback for the Cougars.

Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd was the National Performer of the Week for his performance in week one.

The goal of the College Football Performance Awards: 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. As many scholars have noted, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate the college football awards process. Renown sports ethicist Gordon Marino states, "The biases in the (balloting-based) college football awards process are behemoth." National Security Agency Science Consultant Amy Langville writes, "A rigorous scientific methodology such as CFPA is a welcome addition for fans and players demanding equity in sports awards." And philosopher Paul Studtmann adds, "CFPA finally answers the question everyone is really asking: Who are the top performers in college football?"



News Image Week 1, 2009 - Performers of the Week: National Performer of the Week - Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)

Defensive Performer of the Week - Mike Nixon (Arizona State)

Quarterback Performer of the Week - Joe Webb (UAB)

Honorable Mention: Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Case Keenum (Houston), Kevin Riley (California), Blaine Gabbert (Missouri)

Running Back Performer of the Week - Jahvid Best (California)

Honorable Mention: Roy Helu, Jr. (Nebraska), Joe McKnight (USC), Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Reggie Arnold (Arkansas State), Jeff Demps (Florida), Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech)

Wide Receiver Performer of the Week - Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)

Honorable Mention: Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green), Stephen Williams (Toledo), Blair White (Michigan State), Terrance Toliver (LSU), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State)

Tight End Performer of the Week - Cody Slate (Marshall) & Dennis Pitta (BYU)

Honorable Mention: Tony Moeaki (Iowa), Garrett Graham (Wisconsin), Aaron Hernandez (Florida)

Placekicker Performer of the Week - Tyler Bitancurt (West Virginia)

Honorable Mention: Wes Byrum (Auburn), Kai Forbath (UCLA), Grant Ressel (Missouri)

Punter Performer of the Week - Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State)

Honorable Mention: Drew Butler (Georgia), Ryan Quigley (Boston College), Mike Brandtner (Iowa State)

Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week - Dyrell Roberts (Virginia Tech)

Honorable Mention: Chris Owusu (Stanford), Quincy McDuffie (UCF), Dennis Johnson (Arkansas), D.J. Monroe (Texas)

Punt Returner Performer of the Week - Da'Norris Searcy (UNC) & Damaris Johnson (Tulsa)

Honorable Mention: Jerrard Tarrant (Georgia Tech), Rich Gunnell (Boston College), Jacoby Ford (Clemson), Richard Sherman (Stanford)

Kickoff Specialist Performer of the Week - Adam Yates (South Carolina) & Aric Goodman (Colorado)

Honorable Mention: Ben Vroman (Utah), Michael Taylor (Troy)

Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week - Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma)

Honorable Mention: John Fletcher (Wyoming), Tom Keiser (Stanford), Nick Perry (USC), Von Miller (Texas A&M), Devin Taylor (South Carolina)

Linebacker Performer of the Week - Mike Nixon (Arizona State)

Honorable Mention: Mike Bryan (Tulsa), Chris Galippo (USC), LeMarcus Thompson (Tennessee), Lawrence Young (UCF), Cory Hanson (Northern Illinois), Adrien Cole (Louisiana Tech)

Defensive Back Performer of the Week - Rahim Moore (UCLA) & Shamiel Gary (Wyoming)

Honorable Mention: Trevard Lindley (Kentucky), Rock Dennis (SMU), Deunta Williams (UNC), Tysyn Hartman (Kansas State), Andrew Rich (BYU), Johnny Brown (Ole Miss)

The Cougars return to action on Saturday, Sept. 12, taking on No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater.  Kickoff is slated for 2:30 pm and is televised live on Fox Sports Net.

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