What About Case Keenum?

I recently took some grief from Houston fans over not including Cougars quarterback Case Keenum on my preseason Heisman Watch.

Don’t forget that my Heisman Watch is basically a ‘best odds of winning’ list, not a predicted order of finish.

Also, I think it’s worthy to note that Houston itself does not call Keenum a Heisman candidate.  I think his own school needs to put its weight behind his candidacy before anyone else can be accused of treating him unfairly.

Looking at the school’s media guide, it merely says “Case Keenum, junior quarterback” on the cover.  Shouldn’t he at least be called an All-American candidate?

Whatever the case, the best chance for Keenum to make some Heisman noise will come next year, when he will most likely become the NCAA’s all-time passing yardage leader.


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5 Responses to What About Case Keenum?

  1. wrmsox August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    ok, we’ll give you credit for acknowledging you blew it on your coverage. But, maybe you should stop by the school or talk to a handful of u/h alums or even a coach or two before you spew that the school isnt behind its QB…….

  2. Amy August 22, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    I commented about Keenum on your last list, but I didn’t give you grief because I understand how it all works.

    But … I DO have in my possession a poster produced by the University of Houston that has a picture of Keenum and the words “Case Keenum, 2009 Heisman Trophy Candidate.” So as to whether or not the UH is promoting him as a Heisman candidate, I couldn’t answer. But I’m looking at that poster as I type.

    I doubt they’re making a giant push at this point, but they ARE trying to get his name out there. Probably hoping it will be a build up to a campaign for the 2010 Heisman. If you’re interested in seeing the poster, I can e-mail it.

  3. HP August 22, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    wrmsox, there is no acknowledgement of blowing coverage at all. If anything, I was further justifying my stance. Unfortunately, I can’t just stop by Houston. There is this cool thing called the internet, though, whereby Houston could make people aware of their campaign for Keenum.

    Amy, thanks again for the info on the poster. I hope Houston sends me a copy, because then I would help publicize it.

  4. Amy September 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    BTW, in the first few lines of Case’s bio in the media guide, it says this:

    “The nation’s returning leader in total offense… listed as one of the top returning players in 2009 by several publications… is a viable Heisman Trophy candidate as well as the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien award… intuitive leader who always makes plays.”

    Sumlin has been quoted by ESPN and the New York Times as saying Keenum deserves to be considered for the Heisman. Maybe the school is not actively promoting him, but it’s definitely a grass roots effort by the coaching staff. I suspect things on the PR front will change drastically after this season.


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