Case Keenum

Casey Austin "Case" Keenum (born February 17, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Houston, where he became the NCAA's all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns, and completions. In the 2008 college football season, Keenum ranked first nationally in total offense and second in total passing yards.[1][2] During the 2011 season, Keenum became the Football Bowl Subdivision's all-time leader in total offense, as well as the all-time leader in total touchdown passes by an FBS quarterback. As a result of his on-field contributions to Houston's success, Keenum was named to several All-American lists. He is the only quarterback in Division I FBS football history to have passed for more than 5,000 yards in each of three seasons.

After being signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Keenum threw for 1,760 yards and 9 touchdowns in the eight games he started for the Texans, before being waived prior to the 2014 season. Keenum was then signed to the St. Louis Rams' practice squad. He re-signed with the Texans later in 2014. In 2015, the Rams traded a draft pick to the Texans for Keenum, where he played until signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. After starter Sam Bradford got injured, Keenum came in and had a career year, setting highs in starts, passing yards, completions and touchdowns. He led the Vikings to a 13-win regular season, followed by a last-second win over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs; the Vikings lost in the next round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. In 2018, Keenum signed a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos, playing for them for one season before being traded to the Redskins in 2019.

Case Keenum
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Keenum with the Denver Broncos in 2018
No. 8 – Washington Redskins
Personal information
Born:February 17, 1988 (age 31)
Brownwood, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Wylie (Abilene, Texas)
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • C-USA MVP (2009, 2011)
  • 2x C-USA Offensive Player of the Year (2009, 2011)
  • Second-team All-American (2009)
  • 2× First-team All-C-USA (2009, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing attempts:1,844
Passing completions:1,144
Completion percentage:62.0
Passing yards:12,661
Passer rating:84.5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

High school career

Keenum played football for Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas.[3] During his high school football career, he passed for 6,783 yards and 48 touchdowns and rushed for 41 touchdowns and 2,000 yards for the Bulldogs.[4] Logging 42 starts at quarterback, Keenum posted a career record of 31–11.[5] In 2004, Keenum led Wylie in the game-winning drive for a 17–14 victory over Cuero High School of Cuero, Texas in the Texas Class 3A Division I Championship.[6] Keenum earned varsity letters in basketball and track during his high school career.[5]

In addition to being recruited by the University of Houston, Keenum was recruited by Baylor, North Texas, and UTEP,[4] but Houston was the only university to offer a scholarship.[6]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Case Keenum
Abilene, Texas Wylie HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 4.68 Jan 27, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
2 stars
2 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 69 (college recruiting)   Rivals: 91 (college recruiting)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2006 Houston Football Commitment List". Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  • "2006 Houston College Football Recruiting Commits". Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  • "2006 Team Ranking". Retrieved August 4, 2013.

College career

2006 season

Keenum began his college career for the Houston Cougars during the 2006 season. During Keenum's freshman season, senior Kevin Kolb held the starting quarterback position for the Cougars, leading the coaching staff to redshirt Keenum for the season.[7] The 2006 Cougars won the Conference USA championship, and Kolb was drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.[8][9]

2007 season

In fall camp before the 2007 season, the Cougars held a de facto quarterback competition to fill the starting spot vacated by the departure of four-year starter Kevin Kolb. The competition swung between Keenum and sophomore Blake Joseph throughout two-a-days and during much of the season, with each player displaying a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Keenum made his first collegiate appearance on September 1, 2007 when the Cougars opened the season at the Oregon Ducks. He threw for 179 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-27 passing and added 47 rushing yards on nine carries against the Ducks.[10] Against C-USA rival Tulane Green Wave in the second game, Keenum threw for 185 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-21 passing, leading Houston to a 34–10 win.[11] In the third game of the year against the Colorado State Rams, Keenum came on in relief of starter Blake Joseph and accounted for four touchdowns.[12] For this performance, Keenum was recognized as's Division I FBS National Performer of the Week. Keenum played at quarterback in all thirteen games of the season, starting in seven.[13] Late in the season, the Houston coaching staff selected Keenum to be the regular starting quarterback over Blake Joseph. Keenum's outstanding pocket presence and efficient passing won out in the end over Joseph's stronger arm and running ability. Overall, he finished with 2,259 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.[14]

2008 season

Case Keenum
Keenum with Houston in 2011

During the 2008 season, Keenum became the second player in school history to complete over 5,000 passing yards in one season. He also led the nation in total offense, and was the national runner-up in passing yards, behind Texas Tech's Graham Harrell.[2] The Houston Cougars showed many signs of improvement, winning their first bowl game since 1980 with a victory over Air Force, and defeating two nationally ranked opponents.[15][16] Following the season, Keenum won the 2008 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year award.

2009 season

Keenum led the Houston Cougars to a 10–4 record in 2009.[17] Keenum finished the 2009 season with 48 total touchdowns and over 5,800 total offensive yards. His play helped Houston upset then #5-ranked Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and later Mississippi State.[18][19][20] Houston played East Carolina on the road in the Conference USA Championship, but lost the game in the final minute.[21] Houston faced Air Force in a rematch of the previous year's Armed Forces Bowl and this time Air Force emerged victorious. In cold, windy conditions, Keenum threw six interceptions in the game, and was held to only one touchdown.[22] He finished in eighth place in the Heisman Trophy voting in the 2009 season.[23]

2010 season

Keenum was in a position to challenge more than one major NCAA division one passing record at the start of the 2010 season, including career passing yards and touchdowns. But after throwing for a total of 636 passing yards and three touchdowns in three games, Keenum tore his ACL during the Cougars' third game of the season against UCLA.[24] The injury ended Keenum's season, and Houston finished 5–7.[25][26] Keenum earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business in December 2010.[5]

2011 season

On January 14, 2011, the NCAA granted Keenum a sixth year of eligibility.[27] Prior to the 2011 season, he was named the 2011 Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the third year in a row. On October 27, 2011, Keenum set the all-time NCAA Division I passing touchdowns record by throwing for nine touchdowns against Rice.[28][29] Keenum also enrolled in the University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences studying for a master's degree in physical administration with a concentration on sports administration.[5] On November 19, 2011, Keenum set the record for career completions in a 37–7 win over SMU.[30] The Cougars had a record of 12–0 coming into the Conference USA Championship,[31] but were defeated by Southern Miss 49–28. Keenum completed 41 of 67 pass attempts for 373 yards through the air, two touchdown passes, and two interceptions.[32] After the loss, Houston played Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl, where they won 30–14. Keenum passed for 532 yards, and threw three touchdown passes.[33] In the 2011 season, he finished in 7th place in the Heisman Trophy voting.[34]

College career statistics

Keenum with crystal
Keenum accepting the College Football Performance Award for 2009 at Hofheinz Pavilion
Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2007 Houston 187 273 2,259 14 10 147.6 103 412 9
2008 Houston 397 589 5,020 44 11 159.9 76 221 7
2009 Houston 492 700 5,671 44 15 154.8 60 158 4
2010 Houston 42 64 636 5 5 159.3 4 71 0
2011 Houston 428 603 5,631 48 5 174.0 57 35 3
Totals 1,546 2,229 19,217 155 46 160.6 300 897 23

College awards

  • Sammy Baugh Trophy (2009, 2011)[35]
  • 2× Conference USA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2011)
  • Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • Conference USA Freshman of the Year (2007)

NCAA records

As of the end of the 2017 college football season, Keenum holds the following NCAA individual records:[36][37]

  • Most career pass completions: 1,546
  • Most career passing yards: 19,217
  • Most career passing touchdowns: 155
  • Most career games with 300+ passing yards: 39
  • Most games with 300+ passing yards in a single season: 14 (tied with Tulsa's Paul Smith)
  • Most seasons passing for 5,000+ yards: 3
  • Most seasons passing for 4,000+ yards: 3 (tied with four others)
  • Most career total yards: 20,114
  • Most career touchdowns responsible for: 178

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 58 in
(1.84 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
30 78 in
(0.78 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.82 s 1.63 s 2.72 s 4.28 s 6.87 s 32.5 in
(0.83 m)
8 ft 7 in
(2.62 m)
18 reps
Bench press, shuttle, and cone drill values are from Houston Pro Day;[38] all other values are from the NFL Combine[38][39]

Despite his success in college, Keenum went undrafted. He signed with the Houston Texans.[40]

Houston Texans

2012 season

After being signed as an undrafted free agent, Keenum was placed on the Texans practice squad, where he spent his entire rookie season.[41]

2013 season

In 2013, Keenum was placed on the Texans' 53-man roster as a third-string quarterback behind starter Matt Schaub and second string quarterback T. J. Yates.[42] On October 17, head coach Gary Kubiak announced that Keenum would be the starting quarterback over backup Yates in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday October 20, after starting quarterback Schaub was unable to play due to an injury.[43] In his pro debut on October 20, Keenum threw his first NFL touchdown, a 29-yarder to DeAndre Hopkins.[44] In the end, Keenum completed 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown, along with a 110.6 passer rating, the highest by a Texan quarterback in the season. Houston lost, 17–16.[45][46] On November 3, Keenum threw three passing touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts, all three to Andre Johnson in the first half. Keenum also had 350 passing yards and 26 rushing yards, despite the Texans losing 27–24.[47] Keenum was 0–8 as a starter for the Texans in 2013.[48]

St. Louis Rams

On August 31, 2014, Keenum was waived by the Texans to clear a roster space for recently acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett. He was claimed off waivers the next day by the St. Louis Rams. He was waived by the St. Louis Rams on October 28, 2014, in order to make room on the roster for newly acquired safety Mark Barron.[49] He re-signed to the team's practice squad on October 30.[50]

Houston Texans (second stint)

On December 15, 2014, Keenum was signed off the Rams practice squad back to the Houston Texans.[51] He filled a roster spot after starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick broke his left leg in a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 14, 2014, and on December 21, 2014, he won his first NFL game beating the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 25–13.[52] On December 28, 2014, he won a second consecutive game with the Texans against the Jacksonville Jaguars 23–17.[53]

St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (second stint)

2015 season

On March 11, 2015, Keenum was acquired from the Texans for a 7th-round pick in 2016.[54] It was announced by head coach Jeff Fisher that Keenum would be the backup quarterback to recently acquired Nick Foles.[55] On November 16, the Rams named Keenum the starting quarterback after announcing they had benched Foles.[56]

Near the end of the Rams' week-11 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Keenum suffered a concussion that left him visibly wobbly but was not removed from the game for evaluation. This led to an investigation by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.[57]

Keenum recovered from the concussion and led the Rams to consecutive victories against the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks. He recorded a Rams record near-"perfect game" against the Buccaneers, achieving a 158.0 passer rating by going 14 for 17 for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the last home game in the history of the St. Louis Rams.[58] Keenum finished the 2015 season (six games played, five as the starter) with 828 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception, with a 60.8% completion percentage.[59]

2016 season

On January 12, 2016, the Rams officially moved back to Los Angeles. It was announced via Fisher and GM Les Snead that Keenum would be the starting quarterback heading into training camp.[60] On April 18, 2016, Keenum signed a one-year first round restricted free-agent tender with the Los Angeles Rams.[61] On August 6, 2016, Keenum was named as the starter in the preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. After the preseason, Keenum began the regular season as the starting quarterback. After a 28-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the opener, he led the team to 3 straight wins over the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Arizona Cardinals.[62]

In week 6 at Detroit, Keenum went 27/32 with 321 yards, three touchdowns, an interception, a rushing touchdown, and set a team record with 19 consecutive completions. The Rams lost in a 31-28 shootout.[63] The following week against the Giants at Twickenham Stadium, Keenum was intercepted four times as the Giants won 17-10.[64] After the game, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher announced his decision to keep Keenum as starter.[65] On November 15, 2016, Keenum was benched for Jared Goff, who the Rams had taken with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[66]

Minnesota Vikings

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Keenum in 2017

On March 31, 2017, Keenum signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[67] Due to an injury to Sam Bradford, Keenum started the Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, completing 20 of 37 passes for 167 yards in a 26–9 loss.[68] During Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Keenum threw for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Vikings won by a score of 34–17.[69] In Weeks 4–7, Keenum averaged 196 yards with a total of two touchdowns and two interceptions, but a record of 3–1 over the span.[70] In Week 8 he had two touchdowns and 288 yards against the winless Cleveland Browns to enter the bye-week.[70] During Week 10 against the Washington Redskins, Keenum threw for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions as the Vikings won their fifth straight game, 38–30.[71] In Week 11 against his former team, the Los Angeles Rams, Keenum threw for 280 yards and 1 touchdown, resulting in 6 straight games won. On Thanksgiving Day, during Week 12 against the Detroit Lions, Keenum finished with 282 passing yards and 2 touchdowns as the Vikings won 30–23. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November after passing for 866 yards with 7 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions.[72] In 15 games (14 starts) of 2017, Keenum finished with 3,547 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a passer rating of 98.3.[73] He was ranked 51st by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[74]

The Vikings finished the 2017 season with a 13–3 record, clinching the NFC North Division.[75] In the NFC Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints, Keenum finished with 318 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception. With only 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Keenum threw a pass to Stefon Diggs, who ran 61 yards for the game-winning touchdown, giving the Vikings a miraculous 29–24 victory.[76] The next week the Vikings were defeated 38-7 by the eventual Super Bowl winners, the Philadelphia Eagles, led by Keenum's close friend and former Rams teammate Nick Foles.[77] Keenum became a free agent on March 14, 2018.[78]

Denver Broncos

On March 14, 2018, the Denver Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million contract.[79] The signing reunited him with head coach Vance Joseph, who was the defensive backs coach during Keenum's first stint with the Texans, as well as senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak, who was the Texans' head coach.[80] In his Broncos' debut in the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, Keenum had 329 passing yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in a 27–24 victory.[81] In Week 5, a 34–16 loss to the New York Jets, Keenum posted a career-high 377 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.[82] The Broncos finished the 2018 season with a 6–10 record as Keenum recorded a career-high 3,890 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.[83]

Washington Redskins

On March 7, 2019, the Broncos agreed to trade Keenum along with a seventh round draft pick to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a sixth round draft pick. The deal became official on March 13, 2019.[84][85]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2013 HOU 8 8 137 253 54.2 1,760 7.0 9 6 78.2 14 72 5.1 1
2014 HOU 2 2 45 77 58.4 435 5.6 2 2 72.2 10 35 3.5 0
2015 STL 6 5 76 125 60.8 828 6.6 4 1 87.7 12 5 0.4 0
2016 LAR 10 9 196 322 60.9 2,201 6.8 9 11 76.4 20 51 2.6 1
2017 MIN 15 14 325 481 67.6 3,547 7.4 22 7 98.3 40 160 4.0 1
2018 DEN 16 16 365 586 62.3 3,890 6.6 18 15 81.2 26 93 3.6 2
Totals 57 54 1,144 1,844 62.0 12,661 6.9 64 42 84.5 122 416 3.4 5



Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2017 MIN 2 2 53 88 60.2 589 6.7 2 3 73.5 2 12 6.0 0
Career 2 2 53 88 60.2 589 6.7 2 3 73.5 2 12 6.0 0

Personal life

Born in Brownwood, Texas,[87] Keenum spent his childhood in Alpine, Texas for a few years until moving to Abilene, Texas, and is the son of Steve Keenum who served as an offensive lineman and later as head football coach and athletic director at McMurry University. The elder Keenum, known for an aggressive passing offensive strategy, was also head coach at Sul Ross State, offensive coordinator at Tarleton State, and offensive line coach at Hardin–Simmons.[88]

Keenum is a Christian, saying after the Vikings' "Minneapolis Miracle", which led to a Vikings' win, that the best moment his life was giving his life to Jesus Christ.[89]

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External links

2009 Conference USA Football Championship Game

The 2009 Conference USA Football Championship Game was played on December 5, 2009 between the East Carolina Pirates, the champion of Conference USA's East Division, and the West Division champion Houston Cougars at Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina. The game kicked off at 12:00 pm EST and was televised by ESPN. The Pirates were looking to be the first team in C-USA history to win back to back conference championships,While the Cougars led by Case Keenum looked to win their 1st

2009 Conference USA football season

The 2009 Conference USA football season was the 15th season of the conference's existence.

2010 Houston Cougars football team

The 2010 Houston Cougars football team (also known as the Houston Cougars, Houston, or UH) represented the University of Houston in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the 65th year of season play for Houston. The team was coached by third-year head football coach Kevin Sumlin, and played its home games at Robertson Stadium—a 32,000-seat stadium on campus in Houston. The program is a member of Conference USA in its West Division. Although ranked favorably early in the season, the team finished with a 5–7 record, (4–4 in C-USA play) after season-ending injuries to starting quarterback Case Keenum and other key players.

2011 Houston Cougars football team

The 2011 Houston Cougars football team (also known as the Houston Cougars, Houston, or UH) represented the University of Houston in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the 66th year of season play for Houston. The program was a member of Conference USA in its West Division.

The team was coached by fourth-year head football coach Kevin Sumlin, and played its home games at Robertson Stadium—a 32,000-seat stadium on campus in Houston. After missing a majority of the 2010 season due to injury, starting quarterback Case Keenum had returned for 2011.The Cougars finished the regular season 12–0, setting a new school record for wins. It was also the first undefeated and untied regular season in the program's 66-year history; however, the team lost to Southern Miss 49–28 in the 2011 Conference USA Football Championship Game. Had the team won the championship game, Houston would have garnered its (and C-USA's) first-ever Bowl Championship Series berth, as well as its first major-bowl appearance since the 1985 Cotton Bowl. Instead, Houston played in the TicketCity Bowl against Penn State—at the site of the Cotton Bowl—beating Penn State 30–14.

2012 TicketCity Bowl

The 2012 TicketCity Bowl, the second edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 2, 2012, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, as one of the 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games.

The game, which was telecast at 11:00 a.m. CT on ESPNU, featured the Houston Cougars from Conference USA versus the Penn State Nittany Lions from the Big Ten Conference. The Houston Cougars won, 30–14.

The 2012 TicketCity Bowl marked the head coaching debut of Tony Levine, and the last college game of quarterback Case Keenum.

2017 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2017 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 57th in the National Football League, and their fourth under head coach Mike Zimmer. With the team's home stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, scheduled to host Super Bowl LII at the end of the season, the Vikings attempted to make history as the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home field; in recording their best regular season record since 1998, they clinched a first-round bye for the first time since 2009 and became the eighth team in the Super Bowl era to qualify for the playoffs in a season in which their stadium hosted the Super Bowl. They defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round 29–24 on a walk-off play referred to as the "Minneapolis Miracle", but lost 38–7 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

2018 Denver Broncos season

The 2018 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League and their 59th overall.

After poor offensive statistics that resulted in a 5–11 record during the previous season, the Broncos hoped for improvement at the quarterback position, with the offseason signing of Case Keenum as well as the breakthrough of undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay. Another rookie that made an impact was linebacker Bradley Chubb, who recorded 12 sacks following a slow start. However, like the previous season, the Broncos scored 30 or more points only once, and midway through the season, longtime wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans.

Following a 3–6 start, the Broncos put together a three-game winning streak, with hopes of turning their season around and competing for a playoff spot. However, key late-season injuries to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (fractured fibula) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ruptured Achilles tendon) derailed those hopes, sending the Broncos to a season-ending four-game losing streak and a 6–10 record — only a one-win improvement from 2017.

The Broncos missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season, suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1971–1972 and back-to-back double-digit losses for the first time since 1966–1967, resulting in the firing of head coach Vance Joseph at the end of the season. Joseph posted an 11–21 record in his two seasons as the Broncos' head coach.

2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft will be the 85th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players. The draft will notionally be held from April 23 to 25, based on prior draft dates. It will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dana Holgorsen

Dana Carl Holgorsen (born June 21, 1971) is the head football coach at the University of Houston. During his coaching career he has served under coaches such as Hal Mumme, Mike Leach, Kevin Sumlin, and Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State.

Houston Cougars football statistical leaders

The Houston Cougars football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Houston Cougars football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Cougars represent the University of Houston in the NCAA's American Athletic Conference.

Houston began competing in intercollegiate football in 1946, but these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Cougars have played in 11 bowl games since then, allowing recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics. Similarly, the Cougars played in the Conference USA Championship Game three times and the AAC Championship Game once, so players in those seasons played 14 games.

Houston has recently run a spread offense under coaches Art Briles, Kevin Sumlin, Tony Levine, Tom Herman, and Major Applewhite, allowing offensive players to accumulate many yards and touchdowns. Most notably among these is quarterback Case Keenum, who holds the records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense across all of college football.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Jared Goff

Jared Thomas Goff (born October 14, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of California, Berkeley and was a first-team All-Pac-12 quarterback in 2015. He was selected by the Rams with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. He started his rookie season as the backup to Case Keenum, eventually taking over as the starter during the latter half of the season. In 2018, Goff helped lead the Rams to a 13–3 record and a trip to Super Bowl LIII, the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance since the 2001 season, but lost to the New England Patriots 13-3 in a rematch of that season's Super Bowl. He has been selected to two Pro Bowls.

List of Denver Broncos starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the team.

List of Houston Texans starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Texans.

List of NCAA major college football yearly passing leaders

The list of college football yearly passing and total offense leaders identifies the major college passing leaders for each season from 1937 to the present. It includes yearly leaders in three statistical categories: (1) passing yardage; (2) passing touchdowns; and (3) passer rating.

List of NCAA major college football yearly total offense leaders

The list of college football yearly total offense leaders identifies the major college leaders for each season from 1937 to the present. It includes yearly leaders in two statistical categories: (1) total offense yards, and (2) total offense yards per game. From 1937 to 1969, the NCAA determined its national total offense individual title based on total yardage. Starting in 1970, the NCAA began making that determination based on total offense yards per game.

Minneapolis Miracle

The Minneapolis Miracle (also known as the Minnesota Miracle) was the National Football Conference (NFC) divisional playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018, and specifically its final play. The game was played as part of the National Football League (NFL)'s 2017–18 playoffs.

The Saints came back from a 17–0 first-half deficit and established a 24–23 lead with 25 seconds remaining in the contest. On the last play of the game, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum threw a 27-yard pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who evaded Saints safety Marcus Williams and ran to the end zone to complete the 61-yard touchdown pass. This game was the first in NFL playoff history to end in a touchdown as time expired.

In the aftermath, Keenum and Diggs were lauded for their efforts on the game-winning score, while Williams received criticism for his errant tackle attempt. The Vikings' radio call by Paul Allen – who described the play as a "Minneapolis Miracle" – went viral and became the popular appellation for both the play and the game itself. The play won multiple end-of-year awards and prompted a change to the rules.

NFL Play of the Year Award

The NFL Play of the Year Award, presented as the Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year, is a National Football League award. It was first awarded in 2011, at the inaugural NFL Honors awards show. From 2012 onward, Bridgestone became the presenter of the award, which has since been annually presented at the NFL Honors.

Sean Mannion (American football)

Sean Thomas Mannion (born April 25, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon State and was the Beavers' starting quarterback from 2011 to 2014. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft.

Total offense

Total offense (or total offence) is an American football and Canadian football statistic representing the total number of yards rushing and yards passing by a team or player. Total offense differs from yards from scrimmage, which gives credit for passing yardage to the person receiving the football rather than the person throwing the football.

In the game of football, progress is measured by advancing the football towards the opposing team's goal line. The team on offense can make progress during the play by advancing the ball from the line of scrimmage.

When the offensive team advances the ball by rushing the football, the player who carries the ball is given credit for the net gain, measured in rushing yards. When the offensive team advances the ball by pass reception, the player who throws the ball earns passing yards and the player who receives the ball earns receiving yards. The total of rushing yards and passing yards (but not receiving yards) is known as total offense. Although the ball may also be advanced by penalty, these yards do not contribute to total offense. Progress lost via quarterback sacks are classified differently, depending upon the league and/or level of football.

When defenses are measured on total offense allowed, it is called total defense.

Some definitions of individual total offense give credit to both the passer and receiver for passing yards. Thus, if a quarterback catches a pass in a trick play, or a non-quarterback throws a pass, some statistical issues arise.Steve McNair holds the NCAA career and single-season total offense/game records. Case Keenum, B.J. Symons, and David Klingler hold the total offense career, single-season and single game records.

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