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Case Keenum, Ryan Tannehill Named 2011 Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalists

After leading Houston to a 7-0 record and becoming the NCAA's career leader in total offense this weekend, Houston Cougars QB Case Keenum is beginning to receive some national acclaim, as he was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien award, given to the top college QB in the country.

Unsurprisingly, given the huge numbers of college QB's coming from the Texas high school ranks in recent years, he's joined by a few Big 12 QB's: Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Texas Tech's Seth Doege and Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Tannehill, after taking over the QB job as a junior last season, has emerged as a star in his own right, completing 65.3% of his passes for 2,005 yards with 16 TD's and 5 INT's this season. CBS Sports currently has him as the No. 8 senior prospect in the country among all positions, and first as among QB's, as Stanford's Andrew Luck is still only a redshirt junior.

Keenum, meanwhile, is viewed more skeptically by NFL scouts due to his size, his age as a sixth-year senior as well as his level of competition in a non-BCS conference. CBS Sports has him as the No. 10 senior QB in the country, behind such luminaries as East Carolina's Dominique Davis.

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