Case Keenum's big comeback attempt, which we chronicled as spring practice began in April, is apparently destined for success if the coaches of COnference USA are right.
They chose the UH quarterback as pre-season Offensive Player of the Year as part of the media days.
In one sense, it's an easy pick -- Keenum was the 2009 C-USA MVP. On the other hand, he's coming back from a devastating injury, and a lot remains to be seen.
Six other Coogs made one of the pre-season first-team all-stars, as did Rice punter Kyle Martens:
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2011 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year Case Keenum, Sr., QB, Houston
Defensive Player of the Year Vinny Curry, Sr., DE, Marshall
Special Teams Player of the Year Damaris Johnson, Sr., KR/PR, Tulsa
First Team Offense QB Case Keenum, Sr., Houston RB Bryce Beall, Sr., Houston RB Zach Line, Jr., SMU OL Clint Anderson, Sr., Tulsa OL Kelvin Beachum, Sr., SMU OL Matt McCants, Sr., UAB OL Nick Pieschel, Sr., UCF OL Chris Thompson, Sr., Houston WR Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston WR Damaris Johnson, Sr., Tulsa WR Lance Lewis, Sr., East Carolina TE Adam Nissley, Sr., UCF
First Team Defense DL Vinny Curry, Sr., Marshall DL Elliott Henigan, Sr., UAB DL Cordarro Law, Sr., Southern Miss DL Taylor Thompson, Sr., SMU LB Ja'Gared Davis, Jr., SMU LB Trent Mackey, Jr., Tulane LB Marcus McGraw, Sr., Houston LB Korey Williams, Sr., Southern Miss DB Emanuel Davis, Sr., East Carolina DB Kemal Ishmael, Jr., UCF DB Marco Nelson, So., Tulsa DB Josh Robinson, Jr., UCF
First Team Special Teams K Danny Hrapmann, Sr., Southern Miss P Kyle Martens, Sr., Rice KR Quincy McDuffie, Jr., UCF PR Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston PR Damaris Johnson, Sr., Tulsa