Houston’s Case Keenum returns with new outlook

Last year around this time, the University of Houston quarterback was jetting off to Connecticut for a series of ESPN shows previewing the college football season.

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Houston’s Case Keenum returns with new outlook

A year ago, Keenum was billed as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and his team given an outside shot of breaking into a Bowl Championship Series game. This year, he is barely a blip on the radar — you can get 35-1 odds on his winning — and Houston is nowhere near the rankings heading into Saturday’s opener against UCLA.

These changes came when Keenum broke the platinum rule for a quarterback: “Don’t go after linebackers, at least not ones who are taken in the second round by the NFL,” he said.

Keenum and the Cougars had their flight plans altered when UCLA’s Akeem Ayers intercepted Keenum’s pass on the goal line last September. One minute, Keenum was in the Heisman chase. The next, he was chasing Ayers, and tearing up his knee.

A year ago, Keenum was billed as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and his team given an outside shot of breaking into a Bowl Championship Series game. This year, he is barely a blip on the radar — you can get 35-1 odds on his winning — and Houston is nowhere near the rankings heading into Saturday’s opener against UCLA.

These changes came when Keenum broke the platinum rule for a quarterback: “Don’t go after linebackers, at least not ones who are taken in the second round by the NFL,” he said.

Keenum and the Cougars had their flight plans altered when UCLA’s Akeem Ayers intercepted Keenum’s pass on the goal line last September. One minute, Keenum was in the Heisman chase. The next, he was chasing Ayers, and tearing up his knee.

A year ago, Keenum was billed as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and his team given an outside shot of breaking into a Bowl Championship Series game. This year, he is barely a blip on the radar — you can get 35-1 odds on his winning — and Houston is nowhere near the rankings heading into Saturday’s opener against UCLA.

These changes came when Keenum broke the platinum rule for a quarterback: “Don’t go after linebackers, at least not ones who are taken in the second round by the NFL,” he said.

Keenum and the Cougars had their flight plans altered when UCLA’s Akeem Ayers intercepted Keenum’s pass on the goal line last September. One minute, Keenum was in the Heisman chase. The next, he was chasing Ayers, and tearing up his knee.