Heismanpundit Player of the Week: Case Keenum

No, this is not a broken record.

For the second week in a row, Houston’s Case Keenum is the Heismanpundit.com Player of the Week.

He went 24 of 37 for 534 yards with 9 touchdowns (and one pick) in a 73-34 win over Rice last Thursday night. For those of you keeping score at home, that gives him 15 TD passes in the last two games.

Look. I know some of you will poo-poo this accomplishment because he played a team that basically none of you know anything about.

And there’s a little something to that. Keenum would not put up these kind of numbers in a BCS conference or in a different system. Granted.

But look, let’s not act like throwing 9 touchdown passes is an every day occurrence, okay? The day Rice starts giving up 9 TD passes with regularity, we can shrug this kind of thing off.

For now, let’s celebrate Keenum for his amazing season and career.

One thing I know for sure: Heisman voters are starting to take notice.

Previous Players of the Week for 2011

Week 1: Robert Griffin

Week 2: Tyler Bray

Week 3: Lamar Miller

Week 4: Bernard Pierce

Week 5: Ray Graham

Week 6: Logan Thomas

Week 7: Sammy Watkins

Week 8: Case Keenum

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4 Responses to Heismanpundit Player of the Week: Case Keenum

  1. Thomas November 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    And look for Case Keenum to also be next week’s player of the week too. Versus UAB’s very poor pass defense this Saturday Keenum will be nearly certain of passing Timmy Chang’s FBS all-time career passing yards mark. Keenum needs just 268 yards to pass this milestone, and by season’s end will likely eclipse this mark by 2,000 yards–if not more.

    There are those out there saying “it’s the system” or “it’s because he’s in his 6th year of eligibility, but let’s look deeper. Keenum has thrown nearly 500 fewer passes in his career than Chang (2,436 to 1,929). FIVE HUNDRED FEWER! The 6th year argument is out the window folks.

    As far as “the system” argument UH’s Keenum has thrown FEWER passes this year then Texas A&M’s Tannehill, Clemson’s Boyd, Oklahoma State’s Weeden, and Oklahoma’s Jones (not to mention 12 other FBS QBs). How come none of them have 3,200 yards passing? None of them have 32 TDs despite throwing more passes.

    Keenum has a QB rating of 194.1 through 8 games. It’s quite possible he may break Colt Brennan’s season record of 186.0. The statistic doesn’t lie. Keenum is having one hell of a final season. Keenum is averaging 10.6 yards per passing attempt. Essentially if he drops back to pass UH is getting a first down–that’s why UH leads the FBS in first downs and is second in third downs converted. UH leads the FBS in points per game with 52.3 as well as total yards per game with 612. Amazing stats that are aided by the spread offense–no doubt, but UH is middle of the pack–not last–in the FBS when it comes to rushing yards per game (tied right in the middle for 60th with Iowa).

    Start making real arguments against Keenum rather than “it’s the system” or “6th year” garbage. No doubt C-USA defense isn’t the SEC but only one other team (Southern Miss, the other BCS ranked C-USA school) is in the top 25 teams in the nation in offensive yards per game.

    Keenum deserves at minimum to be invited to NY for the presentation this year, and no doubt a C-USA Champion, BCS AQ University of Houston at 13-0 by December may help persuade some additional voters in his favor. Let’s see if he’s up to the job.

  2. Robert Clark November 2, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Thomas, great analysis. Really.

    The Rice game was special. Do not expect a repeat of it, regardless of competition. Case’s main obstacles to being invited to New York are SMU, Tulsa and Southern Miss. SMU beat TCU and Tulsa’s only losses I beleive werre to Oklahoma, O.K. State and maybe Texas. If Houston loses any games, the hopes to see him get some recognition are gone.

    Case’s accuracy, knowledge of whom to throw to and ability to extend plays if needed are some of his best attributes. His leading the team back from 27 points down in the third quarter earlier this year is reminiscent of the many other comebacks he has engineered. Those of us old enough to have cheered for Staubach or Montana know what it is like to have a quarterback that gives everyone the confidence that no deficit is too great to overcome. Case’s teammates and fans feel like that toward him without a doubt.

    • Brionne November 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

      With Trent Richardson’s stock down, would both Keenum & Moore be invited to the Heisman if they both finish undefeated pre-Bowl? I doubt they’ll send four guys, but that would be quite interesting. Speaking of pattycake schedule, check out Stanford.

  3. Les November 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Another strong game for Keenum this past weekend in Birmingham. This time he only threw for 2 TDs, but he ran for 2 TDs also. A 400+ yard night pushed him past Timmy Chang and notice he had no interceptions. He is on pace to be the first QB in NCAA history to have 3 – 5000 yard passing yard seasons. Got to be in N.Y. for the award ceremony.