July 19, 2010

Positional breakdown: Quarterbacks

As we delve into the first installment of our look at the depth chart at each position, we will start at the top with the position that will not only garner the most attention throughout the season this year but is also seen as the key to having success in Houston's offense, quarterback.

The obvious name at the top of the list in returning starter, senior Case Keenum. The legitimate Heisman contender will once again lead the Cougars dynamic passing attack into the season with the eyes of the nation on him. Despite his obvious lack of care for numbers other than in the win column, the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Keenum's numbers are hard to ignore. Heading into his final campaign at the helm, Keenum has amassed career numbers that are sure to be a topic of great discussion as the talented signal caller makes his final run at history with the Cougars.

Keenum has shown that he has both the mental and physical abilities to get the job done at this level, and despite the throngs of people in a hurry to evaluate the talented field general's ability to make it at the next level, the Cougars will look for him to continue what he has shown he is more than capable of doing while donning the scarlet and white.

With Keenum, Houston's likelihood for success in 2010 is exponentially higher. Although the back-ups are important the the hopes of a historic season rest squarely on Keenum's right arm.

Coming into August's training camp, the number two quarterback spot will be clearly held by junior Cotton Turner who saw considerable time as the primary back-up last year. Turner has proven his ability to successfully run the system in his first year with the Cougars in 2009 after sitting out 2008 following his transfer in from Blinn J.C.

Turner threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in relief last year including a season best 173 against Memphis.

Also in the mix in 2010 for the Cougars will be redshirt freshman Drew Hollingshead who joined the team as a three star recruit in the 2009 recruiting class. Also returning from last years depth chart will be junior Austin Elrod.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin has also made it know that he expects two of the gems from the 2010 recruiting class to come in and compete from day one for the back-up role to starter Case Keenum. Freshmen Terrance Broadway and David Piland are already on campus and will get their shot to prove early if they are ready for reps. With Broadway's high talent level and Piland's battle tested history at one of the most prominent programs in the state of Texas, both are expected to be in the picture for the future of the Cougars.

With the level of talent being brought onto Cullen Boulevard by the current staff it is easy to see that there will be plenty of depth at the quarterback position on Houston's roster in 2010 and beyond.

Division 1 records Keenum is within reach of in 2010:

Most passing yards in a career:
Keenum - 12,950; All-time leader Timmy Chang - 17,072 (Keenum needs 4,122)

Most consecutive games with a TD pass:
Keenum - 32 games; All-time leader Ty Detmer - 35 (Keenum needs 3)

Most completions in a career:
Keenum - 1076 completions; All-time leader Timmy Chang - 1,388 (Keenum needs 312)

Most touchdown passes in a career:
Keenum - 102; All-time leader Graham Harrell 134 (Keenum needs 32)

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