Before there was Case Keenum, the Rams had another controversial quarterback named Marc Bulger. Every week this poor soul got beat up by both defense lineman and fans alike. He endured this for I guess four years. Why am I telling you this?
Well one day, I wrote a post that said he would be clearing his locker out for the last time as a Rams’ player and someone responded to my post. He praised Bulger as a great player to which I responded in “Your Joking,” like tone. No, he wasn’t because his admiration of Bulger went way back to his playing days at West Virginia.
You have every right to ask me what does this have to Keenum? A lot because like Bulger, Keenum has fans that will fondly remember his college days. And to be perfectly honest we all have our favorite college teams and the players on those teams. That is why I wanted to write this post about Keenum’s college days before I tear him apart this season.
So, after I googled Keenum’s college days, I found this article from NFLDraft.com titled, “A look back at why Case Keenum went undrafted,” written by Dane Brugler. Please click on this link to read Brugler’s article. It was posted on October 18, 2013.
According to Brugler Keenum has average at best arm strength, so his throws seem to flutter especially when he does not have time to warm up. His legs do not give him much mobility and his height and weight (6-1,208) which would be rather on the small size for a pro quarterback.
While lacking physical tools, though, Brugler points out he does have the mental tools. He can make quick decisions prior snaps and is able to read a defense so that he knows where to put the ball. He has a natural feel for the pocket, and despite his size has an excellent vision of the field. Finally, he is mentally and physically tough.
Brugler further points out that his college passing yards have been inflated. He threw very short passes. Below is Keenum college statistics provided by sports-reference.com
His average yards for passing yards does not change much in the pro’s with a career average yards for passings yards is 6.64 though he has a career-long pass of 66 yards. That long pass occurred in his first year with the Houston Texans. This chart proves Brugler’s point about his inflated passing yards. He has only one year, 2011, where his average for passing yards attempted was a little more than ten yards.
So, what have we learned about Case Keenum’s college days? What lacks in the physically, he makes up mentally. Finally, remember that Case Keenum is mentally and physically tough.