The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Pro Sports

October 31, 2013

Eye on the Opponent: Lone Star savior

INDIANAPOLIS — Two years ago, Case Keenum walked into a local tryout for the Houston Texans hoping to get a chance in the NFL.

On Sunday, he might represent the Texans’ last chance to salvage this season.

Keenum will make just the second start of his nascent pro career as Houston (2-5) desperately attempts to keep pace with the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) in the AFC South.

“We definitely feel like a win is very important, especially this week and especially against a divisional opponent and especially one that is in the elite of our division,” Keenum said during a conference call at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Wednesday. “We know this is a big game for us against a very talented team, a very talented defense that’s coming in. They’re playing well. They’ve won some big games against some good teams as well. We know we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

The fact that work will be done by Keenum is a surprise to say the least. But the quarterback has made a career out of proving his critics wrong.

In 2004, he led Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas, to its only state football championship. But two years later, colleges did not come rushing to his door.

Baylor, North Texas and UTEP showed some level of interest, but only the University of Houston made a scholarship offer. Keenum was recruited to play for the Cougars by Art Briles, the head coach who went on to mentor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III at Baylor.

But he had his best seasons at Houston playing under head coach Kevin Sumlin, now the mentor for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M.

Keenum left college as the NCAA’s all-time leader in passing yards (19,217), touchdowns (155) and completions (1,546). But NFL scouts were scared off by a torn ACL that cost him all but the first three games of the 2010 season and earned him a fifth-year medical redshirt season in 2011.

Text Only
Pro Sports
  • SPT-HB0731-ColtsCamp-LuckWatch-045.jpg Colts Quick Hits: Thursday, July 31

    Notes, news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Camp - Werner - 319 Werner's progress evident at Colts Camp

    Bjoern Werner's rookie training camp was rather quiet. The German-born outside linebacker went through individual drills and worked hard in full-team sessions, but he was overwhelmed by all the new information he was processing. And it was holding him back. When the season started, Werner was further set back by a foot injury that cost him three games, and he finished the year with just 2.5 sacks. Then the former Florida State star went to work.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Corner - HB Colts Notes: Thomas, Hilton hurt in Wednesday's practice After a physical practice Wednesday afternoon at Anderson University, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping they have not lost another starter. Left guard Donald Thomas hit the ground following an 11-on-11 running drill and was visibly upset when he finally was helped to his feet. He threw his mouthguard away in anger and attempted to walk off the injury with trainers away from the rest of his teammates.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Camp - Fleener - 206 Colts focusing on situational improvement One year ago, the focus in Indianapolis Colts training camp was on turnovers. The team had committed far too many in 2012 and was determined not to repeat its mistakes. The theme at Anderson University carried over to the field, and the Colts' 14 turnovers were the fewest in the NFL last year.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0730 - Colts recap art 1 Looking back at Week 1 of Colts Camp

    The first week of Indianapolis Colts training camp has ended at Anderson University, and the players received their first day off Tuesday. Practice resumes today with the daily morning walkthrough followed by a public session scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m. With the team's preseason debut at the New York Jets just eight days away, here's a look at three things that have stood out since the Colts hit campus on July 23.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 4.JPG Colts Quick Hits: Tuesday, July 29

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University on Monday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2 billion sale of Clippers

    Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

    July 28, 2014

  • SPT - HB0729 - Chris Rainey - DK Colts release RB Rainey

    Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning. The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later confirmed by Pagano during an afternoon session with the media.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 1 Luck still learning

    Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University. During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Castonzo 2 - 278 Castonzo comfortable with Colts' changing O-line

    For all the changes along the offensive line the past three seasons, Anthony Castonzo has been the lone constant. He joined a veteran group anchored by center Jeff Saturday in 2011, was part of a remodeled unit in 2012 and became a mainstay at left tackle for all 16 games last year.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos