Heisman Trophy Watch: Hey, Anybody Thinking About Houston's Case Keenum?

Andrew PreglerContributor IIINovember 19, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Case Keenum #7 of the University of Houston Cougars warms up prior to a game against the Tulane Green Wave during a game being held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Heisman discussion has been dominated by one quarterback all season and rightly so.

Andrew Luck is perhaps one of the best quarterbacks to come out of college this decade and could very well have a tremendous impact on which ever NFL team loses their way to the number one overall selection.

But the Heisman Award is given to the best Collegiate Athlete during a season, and Case Keenum has to be at the top of this list.

Keenum is setting all kinds of records for both his career and his season. The Houston quarterback is passing for over 359 yards a game, leading to a season total of 3,951 yards and has also thrown for 37 touchdowns.

He even has his “Heisman Moment,” passing for nine touchdowns and 534 yards against Rice in October.

The good thing Keenum has going for his candidacy is the national attention that he is gaining. In past years, a non BCS conference player usually had no shot to win the Heisman due to lack of media attention. Keenum has forced the media to take notice and see his dominance of opponents.

Furthermore, unlike many other places that may have no “pedigree” with the Heisman Trust, Houston has had a winner of the award before in Andre Ware in 1990.

Keenum may not be playing against the best competition and may be in a slanted system, but the real question is could even Andrew Luck throw for nine touchdowns in a game?

Could LaMichael James be as important to his team as Kennum is to his?

Could anyone throw the ball 376 times and still complete almost 75 percent of these passes while averaging 10.51 yards an attempt?

Keenum is just as special as Luck is even if he does not receive the same hype. Even more important to the Heisman Trust: Keenum is truly the best player of this season, even if he does not have an NFL loser sweepstakes in his name.