Several Cougars Earn Online Honors

Dec. 7, 2007

HOUSTON, Texas - The post-season honors continued to roll in for the University of Houston, as four Cougars picked up accolades from online services.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Case Keenum was named Honorable Mention, Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com. The consensus Conference USA Freshman of the Year, Keenum stepped into the big shoes of the 2006 Consensus C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, Kevin Kolb, and the Cougars barely missed a beat. Keenum finished with 1,924 passing yards and 13 touchdowns while completing close to 70 percent of his passes in leading Houston to an 8-4 record and a berth in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28.

Keenum also rushed for 414 yards and nine scores, and his passing efficiency rating of 148.30, placed second in the conference and 16th nationally. He was an honorable mention All-Conference USA pick by the league's coaches.

Rivals.com selected a pair of seniors, offensive lineman Jeff Akeroyd and wide receiver Donnie Avery, as well as junior defensive end Phillip Hunt to its All-Conference USA Team.

A consensus selection to the 2007 C-USA First Team, Akeroyd was the anchor along an offensive line that generated 513.17 yards and 36.33 points per game. A starter for three seasons, Akeroyd's versatility and stability enabled the Cougars to repeat as West Division champions and finish as the nation's fourth-best offense in total yards per game.

Avery saw his senior season as a breakthrough campaign, becoming the league's No. 1 receiver. Like Akeroyd, Avery was a consensus 2007 C-USA First-Team pick. Not only did Avery lead the Cougars in both receptions (81) and receiving yards (1,336), but he also paced C-USA in receptions per game (6.75) and yards per game (111.3). His yardage total was fifth in the nation, and he racked up an impressive 146.67 all-purpose yards per game, thanks in part to his 28.27 kickoff return average.



Hunt was a one-man wrecking crew on the Cougar defense, as his 9.5 sacks and 16.0 tackles for loss were tops in Conference USA. Also a consensus 2007 All-Conference USA First-Teamer, Hunt improved upon his Second-Team selection a year ago and finished with 49 total tackles and a nation's best 10 pass breakups for a defensive lineman. He was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for his effort against SMU on Nov. 4.


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