Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 71%/5631 yards/48 TDs/5 interceptions. Played in three games as a junior before suffering a season-ending knee injury. All-American and all-conference selection and named Conference USA Most Valuable Player in 2009 with passing totals of 70.3%/5671/44/15. Received the same honor in 2008 with totals of 67.4%/5020/44/11. Has passed for 155 touchdowns in college.
Positives: High-percentage player with marginal potential for the next level. Displays great pocket sense and field awareness and makes the right choices. Does a terrific job commanding and controlling the offense, does not force the ball into receivers and gets outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field. Knows where his receivers are on the field, quickly locates the open receiver and buys as much time as necessary. Senses pressure and steps up to avoid it. Keeps his eyes down the field looking for targets and remains poised. Decisive in the pocket. Will pull the ball down and take off up the field rather than toss an errant pass. Displays good velocity on intermediate throws and puts air under deep passes. Puts touch on throws when necessary.
Negatives: Takes most of his snaps out of the shotgun. Sets up in the pocket with poor ball placement. Changes his release point. Deep passes tend to hang in the air. Will stare down the primary target and is slow to move his eyes away. Doesn?t pick up yardage with his legs.
Analysis: Keenum was very productive on the college level and made the most of Houston's passing offense. He's a high-percentage thrower with marginal arm strength and size for the next level, but his wherewithal and accuracy in the short field could help him catch on as a third quarterback in a West Coast or timing offense.
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