The Washington Redskins traded with the Denver Broncos, acquiring quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum is set to compete with Colt McCoy for the starting quarterback position for the 2019 season.
In order to learn more about the newest Washington Redskin, here are five fast facts about Keenum.
He holds the NCAA career records for passing yards and touchdowns
While at the University of Houston, Keenum played in 57 games, leading the Cougars to a 41-16 record. In that span, Keenum threw for NCAA division one records of 19,217 yards and 155 touchdowns. Keenum has a 2,000-yard and 13-touchdown advantage on second place in the two categories. In addition to holding the career records, Keenum is the only player in division one history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in three seasons.
He was the only starting quarterback last year who was undrafted
Despite his record-setting collegiate career, Keenum went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. This past season, Keenum was the only quarterback who went undrafted to be his team’s starting quarterback. Other undrafted quarterbacks did start games, but those were due to injuries. Going undrafted was not the first time the odds were stacked against Keenum, as coming out of high school he only had one scholarship offer.
Over the past two seasons, Keenum has put up career numbers
Before the 2017 season, Keenum was seen as a high-tier backup quarterback. After leaving the Los Angeles Rams following the 2016 season, Keenum signed with the Minnesota Vikings. In his lone season with the Vikings, Keenum threw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns. Last offseason he signed with the Denver Broncos, where he threw for 3,890 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He’s been clutch in late-game situations
Keenum was the quarterback for what is possibly the biggest play in recent playoff memory. Keenum helped lead the Vikings to their miracle win over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the 2017-18 playoffs. This past season, Keenum led the Broncos to three fourth-quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives. In his career, he has six fourth-quarter comebacks and 10 game-winning drives.
He has an autobiography called "Playing For More"
On Sept. 4, 2018, Keenum had a book published, making him an official author. The book, titled “Playing For More," is an autobiography. It follows Keenum’s unlikely path from high school stand-out to NCAA record holder to NFL starting quarterback. Keenum wrote the book with Andrew Perloff of the Dan Patrick Show.