Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The most underrated quarterback in college football

My nominee is Case Keenum of the University of Houston. Consider: Against an Oklahoma State defense that throttled Georgia the week before, Keenum connected on 32 of his 46 passes for 366 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for one TD. For the season, he is 55 of 76 for 725 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception. He has run for two touchdowns.

To put that in perspective, that's an average of 150 yards a game better than the numbers currently being posted by leading Heisman candidate Tim Tebow of Florida and two more touchdowns passes against more formidable opponents.

If Keenum keeps this up, he won't be underrated for long. Expect to see his name mentioned in the same sentence with Heisman by others before too long. His next big test comes in two weeks when the Cougars host Texas Tech. UH also must play Mississippi State (which, admittedly, did not look all that strong against Auburn), UTEP, Tulsa and Central Florida on the road.

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