I’ve invited the various schools to use Heismanpundit.com to make their case for their Heisman Trophy candidate.
Each player/school will get a featured post to push their player and I’d like my readers to let it be known which argument was the strongest. I’ll put a poll on the sidebar. Please take a minute to vote. Try to be objective if you can (I know, big request).
As for you Heisman voters out there, here’s a chance to see all the arguments laid side by side. Well, at least a few of them, as not all the schools decided to make a case.
Next up is Houston and Case Keeum. Take it away, Houston:
Making A Case For Keenum
There is only one undefeated quarterback in the 2011 Heisman Trophy Race and that’s Houston’s Case Keenum. The senior standout led UH to a 37-7 victory over SMU on Saturday, finishing his home regular-season career with 21 consecutive victories and leading the Cougars to a school record 11-0 mark.
Keenum has been absolutely flawless this season. In addition to helping Houston remain one of just twoundefeated teams this season (along with LSU), Keenum owns virtually every NCAA career passing record, setting career standards for:
Touchdown Passes: 14
Career Touchdowns: 168
Career 300-Yard Games: 36
Career 4,000-Yard Seasons: 3
Detractors will mention Keenum’s sixth year of eligibility and he did play three games last season before suffering a devastating knee injury, however his 48 career games played arefewer than collegiate standouts, Kellen Moore (Boise State) and Colt McCoy (Texas). Moore played his 50thcareer game on Saturday, while McCoy played 53 career games at Texas from 2006-09.
The Heisman Trophy is a seasonal award and no player has been better than Keenum in 2011. He leads the country in a number of passing categories and ranks among the Top Five in:
Passing Yards Per Game 388.1 1st
Touchdown-to-Interception Ratio 38-to-3 1st
Yards Per Attempt
Completion Percentage 73.4
Quarterback Rating 186.9 2nd
While Keenum leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns, he ranks 15th nationally in attempts, so his success throwing the ball far out-weighs his throwing opportunities.
One more thing about Keenum… He has helped this 2011 Houston club to a No. 2 ranking all-time in total offense … This year’s team is averaging 618.3 yards per game, which is just behind the 625 yards per game averaged by the 1989 Houston Cougars. Not to be lost on that offense is a balanced rushing attack that is averaging 170.8 yards per game.
So as we head into the final weeks of the regular season, please consider Houston’s Case Keenum on your various ballots, including the 2011 Heisman Trophy.