Touchdown Club of Columbus honors QB Keenum

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: February 13, 2009

University of Houston HOUSTON — The Touchdown Club of Columbus honored University of Houston record-setting quarterback Case Keenum with the Award of Distinction at their 54th TDC Sports Awards Banquet.

Keenum, who was selected as the “Player to Watch” in 2009, was joined by five other college football players. The players include: Kellen Moore-Boise State, Adam Weber-Minnesota, MiQuale Lewis-Ball State, Kurt Coleman-Ohio State and Ross Homan-Ohio State.

“This honor speaks volumes of what Case has done for this football program,” Houston Cougars coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We have one of the nation’s top quarterbacks and it shows when he gets selected to be a part of events like this.”

Keenum finished the 2008 season as the Football Bowl Subdivision national leader in total offense per game with his 403.2 average, while finishing second in passing yards per game at 386.2.

He became just the second player in UH history to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season, and he finished the year with 5,020 yards and 44 touchdowns through the air, completing 67.4 percent of his passes, with just 11 interceptions.

He also scored seven rushing touchdowns, including two versus Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in leading the Cougars to a 34-28 win over the Falcons. It was the first bowl win for Houston since a 35-0 win over Navy in the 1980 Garden State Bowl.

The 2008 Conference USAOffensive Player of the Year, Keenum passed for at least 300 yards in a school-record 13 consecutive games before the streak was snapped in the Armed Forces Bowl.

He also set an NCAA FBS record with 25 consecutive completions in games against Conference USA-rivals UTEP and Rice. He is one of eight returning offensive starters from the 2008 squad that posted an 8-5 record and 6-2 record in C-USA.