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UH To Sporting News: Um, Thanks?

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University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum threw for a million-bajillion yards last year, his team won ten games, and he's returning for his senior season in 2010. I'm kind of glossing over all of his accomplishments, because they've all been repeated to the point where we all know them by heart. Really, there's no point in mentioning that Keenum racked up 5,671 passing yards and 44 passing touchdowns, or that he became the second player ever to throw for 5000+ yards in consecutive seasons.

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Objectively, there's no reason to put anybody ahead of Keenum in any sort of system of ranking quarterbacks for the upcoming season. I mean, maybe Kellen Moore of Boise State, based on his team having a better record. So when The Sporting News came out with its pre-season All-American teams recently, I was waiting anxiously to see if Keenum got a 1 or a 2 in front of his name.

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Whatcha got, TSN?

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Oh. Oh dear. Third team? You named... Ryan Mallett your first team All-American QB?

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Let's see, how do I put this delicately? Keenum threw for over 2,000 more yards than Mallett did on the season. Are you aware of this? You can't just argue the competition factor, either, because in two games against common opponents, Keenum out-threw Mallett by 446 yards. So let's see, Keenum +2,044 passing yards, Keenum +187 rushing yards, Keenum +16 total TD, Keenum +14.5% completion percentage, Keenum +2 team wins... do you want to reconsider that choice?

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Nope, you're sticking with Mallett. Wow. I'm blown away.

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How does Keenum even respond to this? It would be as if Goodfellas had lost the Oscar for best picture to Dances With Wolves. (Wait a second... ) If you're Keenum/Goodfellas in this scenario, can you say, "It's just an honor to be nominated" with a straight face?

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If this insanity carries over any further, next thing you know, Dave Campbell will be naming Jerrod Johnson the first team All-Texas QB. Wait a second...

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