Case Keenum's big run-for-the-Heisman year ended with an injury last month, but he has decided to appeal to the NCAA for another year at UH rather than go into the NFL draft.
"After talking this over with my family and people close to me, I have decided to try for another year of eligibility," he said in a statement released by the university. "This ending wasn't exactly what I predicted for my senior year and because I care so much about this team and this University, I would love to be able to play one more season. I don't know what the outcome will be, but I at least want to see the whole process through."
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It would be a sixth season for Keenum, but the NCAA allows athletes who get injured early in a season to have "medical redshirt" status, meaning that season will not count towards their eligibility.
The decisions by the NCAA are somewhat subjective. The player puts together an appeal and the NCAA gets around to hearing it when it wants to and then decides.
UH head coach Kevin Sumlin was pleased to hear of Keenum's decision.
"Case has been such a big part of this team for the past five years and has done so many things to positively promote the Houston program. I was excited to hear that he wanted to come back next season and I know his teammates were thrilled as well."