July 19, 2012
HOUSTON - Former University of Houston standouts Case Keenum and Roxana Button continue to accumulate accolades following their standout careers, as both were named Conference USA Scholar Athletes of the Year for their respective sports, the league announced Thursday.
In 2011, Keenum, the Cougars' record-setting quarterback, led the Cougars to one of the greatest seasons in school history. The Abilene, Texas, native threw for 5,631 yards and 48 touchdowns to lead the country, while his completion percentage (71.0) and passing efficiency (174.0) ranked among the top-six in the country.
With those numbers, Keenum received the Sammy Baugh Award, given annually to the nation's top passer. Keenum became only the second two-time winner in the history of the award. He also was honored as the C-USA Most Valuable Player, becoming the first two-time winner after collecting the 2009 honor.
He finished his career as the NCAA career leader in passing yards (19,217), total offense (20,114), touchdown passes (155), total touchdowns (178), completions (1,546) and 300-yard games (39). Keenum owns virtually every NCAA career passing mark and is the first player in NCAA history with three 5,000-yard seasons.
Keenum signed with the Houston Texans to play professionally and will soon be taking part in his first NFL training camp.
One of the most well-rounded student-athletes in women's basketball history, Button enjoyed a record-breaking season on the court during the 2011-12 campaign, becoming only the third Cougar to claim the C-USA scoring title with 17.8 points per game en route to earning all-conference first-team honors.
The senior guard played in all 122 career games, ranking as the second-longest streak in school history, and also ranks third all-time at Houston in 3-point percentage (34.4), fourth in free-throw percentage (75.0), sixth in made 3-pointers (125), made free throws (306) and free-throw attempts (408) and eighth in minutes played (3,060).
Earlier this summer, Button was one of 12 student-athletes to earn C-USA's fourth annual Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship as she prepares to attend the Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine after graduating in December 2011 with a 3.87 GPA in psychology with a minor in chemistry.
2011-12 SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD WINNERS
Baseball: Keith DePew, UAB
Men's Basketball: Connor Frizzelle, Rice*
Women's Basketball: Roxana Button, Houston/TaRonda Randall, UAB
Men's Cross Country: Bill Martin, Tulsa
Women's Cross Country: Rhiannon Johns, UAB
Football: Case Keenum, Houston/Matthew Milner, East Carolina
Men's Golf: Jack Belote, Memphis
Women's Golf: Marissa Stein, Memphis
Women's Rowing: Chelsey Lauzon, UCF*
Men's Soccer: Adam Still, SMU
Women's Soccer: Kimberly "Kimmy" Cummings, East Carolina
Softball: Natalie Land, UCF
Women's Swimming & Diving: Denise Smolenova, SMU
Men's Tennis: Sam Garforth-Bles, Rice/Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
Women's Tennis: Courtney Collins, Memphis
Men's Track and Field: Carl Stones, Tulsa
Women's Track and Field: Rebecca "Becky" Wade, Rice
Volleyball: Kelsey Seymour, Southern Miss
* Repeat winner